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Aaron Carter Denies Flipping Rescue Dog for Cash



Aaron Carter Under Scrutiny for Allegedly Flipping Rescue Dog for Cash, He Denies

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Aaron Carter is being accused of trying to flip a dog he recently rescued for money — something he denies — but the shelter that was involved is now looking into it.

The singer was catching tons of backlash this weekend after a video he posted to Instagram Live made the rounds, in which he’s heard saying that a bulldog he recently got from the pound is now available for purchase for a cool few thousand bucks.

In the video, which Aaron appears to have acknowledged as authentic, he says … “This is my new buddy. So by the way, if I can’t keep him, I am going to be listing him.” Aaron goes on to say, “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.”

You’re supporting someone who 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’. You find nothing wrong with that? He goes through dog, after dog, after dog.— Aaron Carter’s Truth (@ACartersTruth) August 4, 2019 @ACartersTruth

He finishes by saying, “So if anybody wants to have my English bulldog, he’s being sold for $3,500.” Aaron makes reference to another dog in the video that he “couldn’t keep.”

Welp, it looks like the animal care center where Aaron got this latest dog is aware of his intentions, and made that clear with an update to the pup’s page. On Instagram, the Lancaster Animal Care Center — which has photos of Aaron adopting the dog 2 days ago — wrote … “UPDATE – We are working on this situation. Thanks to all for your concern.”

As for an explanation for this, Aaron has responded … and suggests it’s a misunderstanding and tried clarifying what he does with his pets. He tweeted, “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.”

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 @aaroncarter

He followed up by saying that he doesn’t need to flip dogs for quick cash, as he has makes millions of dollars a year. Seemingly in response to fans, Aaron says, “And 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 so 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 f*** off… gn.”

Aaron says he’s not in it for the money, but the question must be asked … why put a price tag on the dog at all? On another note, the typical adoption contracts with these types of shelters prohibit the adopter from peddling the dog onto someone else. If a person cannot care for the dog, they are usually required by contract to return the dog ASAP.

Hmmmm …..

UPDATE (Monday, Aug 5) — Aaron Carter is trying to put out the doggy tire fire he fueled this weekend … and he’s starting by clearing the air on at least one from his ride. The singer was spotted out in L.A. Monday pumping air into his Range Rover at a gas station. He’s a little deflated, it seems.

No sign of the English bulldog here that he was jokingly trying to sell for $3,500. Hopefully, it’s still chillin’ at his crib.

Adopting dogs and allegedly selling them for a profit is NOT against the law — but that doesn’t mean it would be right … according to the county of Los Angeles.

L.A. County Animal Care and Control tells TMZ … IF Aaron is actually adopting dogs from around the area only to later flip them for cash, he wouldn’t be committing any crimes by doing so. That said, it sounds like the LACACC frowns on the practice.

Lancaster Animal Care Shelter — which is run by L.A. County — says, “Our goal is to find each animal a forever home and when someone adopts, they become the legal adopter. His actions aren’t illegal and there have been no reports of him harming the animal.” They add, “Unless, there is criminal activity going on, we are unable to ask for the adopter to return the dog.”

We’re told selling off rescue dogs is a moral issue in L.A. County, not a legal one, though.

You’ll recall … the animal shelter where Aaron adopted his English bulldog appeared to be concerned over allegations that Aaron was trying to sell it just a couple days after taking it home. They updated their Instagram with a flash warning of sorts, saying they were “working on this situation.” Presumably, people were blowing them up about this.

Most private animal shelters require you, by contract, to return the animal if you no longer want it … instead of selling it or even giving it away to someone else.

Aaron has doubled down about his innocence with TMZ … reiterating that the IG Live video in which he’s heard discussing selling the bulldog for $3,500 is simply a joke. Aaron did not clarify what exactly he was joking about though … he sounded sincere in his vid.

Joke or not … apparently it’s no biggie out here in Hollywood.

TMZ refers to to a studio-established “thirty mile zone” to monitor rules for filming in Hollywood. The center of the zone was the offices of The Association of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, formerly at Beverly and La Cienega Boulevard. Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check for syndicated/local listings at the bottom of the page)

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Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions



Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions

(TMZ) — It’s becoming more clear by the day that wet markets are NOT just a China problem — it’s an American problem too … just take a look at these latest clips from Texas and California.

TMZ has gotten a hold of even more graphic videos of two different live animal shops in TX and CA — where people pick out the animal, have it slaughtered on the spot and then sold to them right then and there — and you see the mixed-in livestock runs the gamut.

There are pigs in pens, goats and sheep hoarded together … and, of course, as we’ve seen in New York and elsewhere — chicken and rabbits cooped up in cages — all in the same area within earshot of each other, and all getting butchered.

Ya got pigs hanging from hooks out in the open, chicken beaks, feathers and guts all over the floor and in an exposed trash can — this while customers (including kids) come in and browse the freezer for whatever cuts of meat they want. It’s downright dirty and gross.

As we’ve been told by the experts, these one-stop-shop slaughterhouses/storefronts can be breeding grounds for disease — including new viruses, like COVID-19, which supposedly got started at a wet market in China.

We already know of lawmakers in Cali and New York working to get these things shut down, but it’s pretty apparent there needs to be federal legislation rolled out to address this. Can’t call the kettle black when we’re swimming in the freakin’ pot.

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Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest ‘Rona Rate



Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest 'Rona Rate

FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.

The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.

If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.

As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.

The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.

The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.

BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.

So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.

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Dolphins Still Putting on Show in Japan without Spectators



Dolphins Still Putting on Show in Japan without Spectators

JAPAN (TMZ) — Move over LeBron James … while pro sports leagues are trying to figure out when they can return to action, some dolphins are way ahead of ’em.

These photos are from Hakkeijima Sea Paradise’s special dolphin show Thursday in Yokohama, where they had zero spectators due to the coronavirus quarantine guidelines there.

Animal trainers still did their thing, though, with dolphins and a beluga whale putting on quite a show — despite lacking a crowd of oohing and ahhing humans. Let’s keep it real … the animals are in it for the food.

The show wasn’t just a dress rehearsal … the aquarium videotaped the performance and aired it on the web for folks to watch safely from home.

Makes ya wonder … do the animals feel differently performing without a crowd? Or, is it just a little closer to being in the wild without a loud pack of humanity watching ’em? We sure hope so.

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