Justin Bieber Ditches His Surgery-Needing Puppy

Now his backup dancer is raising medical funds for the dog
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2017 6:25 PM CST
Justin Bieber performs at the 2016 Jingle Ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – It's possible there are two sick puppies in this story about Justin Bieber pawning off his dog of less than six months onto one of his backup dancers. Page Six reports the pop star got a puppy named Todd last summer and fawned all over it on Instagram. But one of Bieber's backup dancers, CJ Salvador, tells TMZ Bieber gave the dog to him after he realized he was too busy to take care of it. Salvador has now created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the 7-month-old Chow Chow. He says Todd was born with severe hip dysplasia and needs "very specialized surgery" in order to maintain his ability to walk.

The fundraising page has already exceeded its $8,000 goal, no thanks to Bieber, who TMZ notes didn't contribute. Salvador says Bieber doesn't know about Todd's health problem, and he doesn't want to bother the star about it. Both TMZ and Page Six note Bieber has had a spotty history with pets, ditching a previous dog and a monkey, auctioning off a snake, and giving a hamster to a fan at a concert (it died soon after). "Three words you don't associate with Justin Bieber: responsible pet owner," TMZ states. (Click to see a picture of the puppy.)

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