Aaron Carter is denying allegations that he adopted rescue dogs to resale for profit.
The dog flipping allegations stemmed from the singer's Instagram Live video over the weekend, where Carter proudly showed off his new 10-month-old English bulldog, Mighty. He adopted the canine from Los Angeles' Lancaster Animal Care Center Thursday.
"This is my new buddy. So by the way, if I can't keep him, I am going to be listing him," Carter, 31, said in a now-deleted video. "If anyone wants to have my English bulldog, he's being sold for $3,500."
Carter, however, took to Twitter Sunday to defend himself, insisting that his comments about reselling his rescue dog were merely a joke.
"I think it’s apalling (sic) that I actually even have to explain myself I’ve rescued many dogs & found many dogs homes. what I said in my Instagram live video was a joke," he tweeted. "Find one dog that I adopted and sold for money, be my guest. WONT HAPPEN. I’m a good person and i deserve respect."
I think it’s apalling that I actually even have to explain myself I’ve rescued many dogs & found many dogs homes. what I said in my Instagram live video was a joke. Find one dog that I adopted and sold for money, be my guest. WONT HAPPEN. I’m a good person and i deserve respect.— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 4, 2019
Some fans accused Carter of using his celebrity status to score big profits on reselling rescue dogs to finance for his own lifestyle. Others slammed him as "disgusting."
"(Carter) literally adopts dogs from shelters claiming to be a loving caregiver, but instead sells them to others for a huge profit because they were 'owned by Aaron Carter,'" one Twitter user wrote.
An Instagram user added, "Taking dogs from the shelter and selling them for thousands of dollars to pay for your lifestyle is disgusting…Hopefully you’ll be banned from taking any animals from the shelter."
The backlash prompted the Lancaster Animal Care Center to issue an update on their Instagram post of Carter, writing, "We are working on this situation. Thanks to all for your concern."
USA TODAY reached out to the animal care center for comment.
Carter claimed that he's not pressed for cash and flaunted a new purchase from Italian luxury house, Dolce & Gabbana, on his social media accounts to prove his point.
"With all due respect I own a home I make over $3 million a year I don’t need to sell a dog for money," he tweeted Sunday. "Have some respect and don’t try to slander my name because I will defend myself and I will take legal action. DONT TRY IT. So back the (expletive) off."
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