No, Justin Bieber did not abandon his sick puppy
by Richard Howard
January 5, 2017
Bieber gave his dog to his backup dancer when he realized he could no longer care for it. That dog needs surgery, and tabloids are blaming Bieber for not footing the bill.
Listen, music news outlets: Justin Bieber is to us what Donald Trump is to comedians. He’s always provided us with more material than we know what to do with, and likely will for the foreseeable future. So c’mon, guys, there’s no need to make shit up.
There’s currently a story making the rounds that Bieber ‘abandoned his sick puppy,’ which more or less suggests the singer discovered the dog was ill, yelled “ew, cooties!” and tossed the animal into a friend’s yard before peeling off into the night in his obnoxious all-chrome electric car.
Yeah… not so much.
Here’s the deal as far as we can tell. Last summer, Bieber took ownership of the almost impossibly cute Chow Chow puppy above, which he inexplicably named Todd. Then, as tends to happen with famous dudes that spend the majority of the year flying around the world telling their fans to shut up, he realized that he couldn’t possibly take care of the dog, at which point his backup dancer C.J. Salvador adopted the little pupper. Turns out, though, that Chow Chows are prone to the congenital condition hip dysplasia, which Todd was discovered to suffer from after C.J. and his family took ownership of the dog. All the brouhaha started because, since the surgery costs $8,000, Salvador created a GoFundMe page to raise the money. When someone noticed it was the same Too-Cute Todd, the tabloid game got its engines running.
Salvador was very clear that his sometimes-employer would have had no idea the dog needed surgery, writing on Facebook that he “did not ask [Bieber] for money because he has nothing to do with the situation.” Granted, given the singer’s history of [deep breath] jettisoning a previous dog, a snake (auctioned for charity), a hamster he plopped into a fan’s hands after a show that died a couple months later (oh come on, buddy), the infamous monkey-abandonment-at-an-airport and his penchant for showing off captive wild cats [exhausted exhale], one could see how he might not immediately be given the benefit of the doubt. But in this case, ol’ J.B. is innocent, so leave the guy alone, arrite??
Side note – the Biebs may not have donated to the cause, but you better believe his name being involved helped indirectly. The GoFundMe campaign raised $8,700 in one day.