The hoopla began this past weekend after Carter posted a video to Instagram Live where he said a bulldog he just bought could be purchased for $3,500. "This is my new buddy. So by the way, if I can't keep him, I am going to be listing him," Carter says in the clip. He also adds "He's 10 months old, and he's running for $3,500. So if anybody wants to give my English bulldog (a home), I rescue him and I find him homes." Carter ended his message by reiterating that point, saying "So if anybody wants to have my English bulldog, he's being sold for $3,500." TMZ says that he also referenced another dog in the video that he claims he "couldn't keep."
After apparently noticing the coverage the comments were getting, Carter later took to Twitter to tell his followers that people and media *cough* are continuing to use him as the central figure in clickbait-y stories with a negative tone:
While the actions (if true) may be frowned upon in certain circles, TMZ adds that it wouldn't cross the line into illegality. L.A. County Animal Care and Control says that no crime would be committed by adopting dogs and flipping them for cash. That control agency also happens to run the Lancaster Animal Care Shelter that Carter recently got his pooch from, and they say that they're unable to ask for the return of any adoptee(s) so long as nothing illegal has occurred.
"Our goal is to find each animal a forever home and when someone adopts, they become the legal adopter," they said. "His actions aren’t illegal and there have been no reports of him harming the animal. Unless, there is criminal activity going on, we are unable to ask for the adopter to return the dog."