Nikki Phillippi, a lifestyle influencer and popular Youtuber, announced that she and her husband Dan “made the difficult decision” to euthanize their family dog Bowser of 9 years after he bit their young child Logan. The announcement, first shared on Instagram and then in a YouTube video, faced massive backlash with so many people wishing the couple had re-homed the pet or found an alternative solution.
In the YouTube video, Phillippi said that she tried to contact the humane society in a bid to re-home the dog. However, it “was not an option as he had been with us from birth,” she explained. “Even if you re-home a dog, it is still your liability if the dog were to attack someone.”
The VLOG couple have been under fire for days now, with Jaclyn Hill and Feo Star joining in on the criticism.
They have since made their Instagram accounts private and disabled the comments on YouTube.
You guys know I pretty much never insert myself in “drama” especially on a special day like today! (launch day) But I’m just too disgusted. Especially by the “goodbye photo shoot” like WHAT!?— Jaclyn Hill (@Jaclynhill) May 6, 2021
Like how in the hell did they think that would get a positive response?!— Jaclyn Hill (@Jaclynhill) May 6, 2021
THIS IS AWFUL: Influencer Nikki Phillippi outrages fans by putting down her dog Bowser because he bit her son. Many saying she could’ve rehomed pet instead of ending his life. One person said “Some dogs can’t live with kids but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to live” pic.twitter.com/mQcFMhgViZ— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) May 5, 2021
WHO COULD’VE SEEN THIS COMING: Nikki and Dan Phillippi describe why they put down their dog Bowser. They say Bowser bit their son, and Dan wanted to put down Bowser immediately like in the movie ‘Old Yeller.’ They said they couldn’t rehome dog because they had him for too long. pic.twitter.com/SzXfqbNs28— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) May 5, 2021
CALL OUT: Rachel Ballinger joins growing number of creators calling out Nikki and Dan Phillippi for putting down their dog Bowser after he bit their son. Rachel says “Absolutely disgusted by the whole thing.” pic.twitter.com/akmEKomQ7g— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) May 6, 2021
But before putting down the dog she decided to take a goodbye photo shoot with the dog including a picture of the child right beside the supposed dog that was to dangerous to live with the child. They said they couldn’t rehome the dog because ‘they had him for too long’ pic.twitter.com/rKCrGYSSFD— 𝑀𝑒𝑔𝑔𝒾𝑒 (@Espemoo) May 5, 2021
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