According to a report by Chris Johnson of Gerweck.net, some photos, videos and blogs have hit the internet indicating animal abuse on the part of several individuals involved with the Dragon Gate roster in Japan. This includes one of Dragon Gate’s top stars Shingo Takagi who has worked for Ring of Honor in the past.

The abuse has to do with a monkey that is housed in the Dragon Gate dojo where photos and videos have surfaced of individuals burning the monkey, choking it, tossing it into hot water, shaking it and other various acts. The story has been picked up by many outlets in Japan and is now making waves in North America.

News of this situation comes just before the debut of Dragon Gate USA in Philadelphia, PA on July 25. Another event has been scheduled for Chicago, IL on September 6.