One of the things that I (and basically everyone) most wanted as a kid was a puppy. But despite promising I’ll take good care of it, my parents refused every single request and young me could never figure out why.
With the benefit of hindsight, I can see why they refused to get me a doggo. Had they caved in, I would’ve sunk to Justin Bieber-esque levels of being an awful pet owner.
Over the last few years, Biebs has had a bunch of pets and proceeded to demonstrate why you don’t give a man child the responsibility of taking care of another living thing.
Seriously, let’s just go through his track record and weep at all the poor doggos and snakes that have been traumatised by him.
Johnson the snake
Biebs decided to buy a boa constrictor in 2011 and even decided to bring the slithering serpent with him to that year’s MTV VMA red carpet for some reason which we’ve yet to figure out. But apparently boa constrictors don’t make good award show plus ones or fashion accessories because Biebs auctioned Johnson off for charity not long after.
Pac the hamster
After getting himself an adorable little hamster and promising to bring it to every meet and greet on his 2012 tour, Biebs decided that it wasn’t worth the effort and gave ol’ Pac away to a screaming fan a few months later.
To be fair, the fan did take good care of Pac until it died in 2014.
Mally the monkey
Perhaps the most famous pet Biebs has ever owned, the singer got the monkey in 2013 for more reasons we’ve yet to figure out.
Not only did he get it from a dubious source but Biebs decided to later abandon poor Mally in Germany after customs caught him trying to sneak the monkey through because he didn’t have the required paperwork. After not bothering to retrieve Mally, the monkey was given to a zoo to live out its days.
But it appears his days as Biebs’ pet was traumatising because it is reported that Mally struggled to integrate into the zoo and had some serious behavioural issues.
Karma the bulldog
After abandoning his monkey, Biebs decided to fill that hole by getting Karma. But things went pear-shaped pretty quickly as Justin decided to give the pup to his dad, who proceeded to lob it out of a window during a fit of rage. After surviving that window toss, Karma was palmed off to a dog trainer to get all socialised up. When Jeremy went to retrieve Karma, the trainer refused to return the pup because they knew it wasn’t going to end well.
Looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Bieber family when it comes to pets, does it?
Todd the chow chow
Proving that he won’t learn from his mistakes, Biebs got an absolutely adorable chow chow pup in 2016 but decided to give him to a back up dancer a few months later because it’s pretty standard behaviour for the singer at this point.
While getting Todd out of Biebs’ clutches is a good thing, the poor pup needed expensive surgery and its new owner had to start a GoFundMe to pay for it. Luckily, the $8,000 goal was met thanks to 90 generous donors – which includes Jaden Smith – but unsurprisingly, Biebs wasn’t among those 90 donors.