Bizarre footage emerges of pop star Casey Donovon ‘dognapping’ a puppy named Donatello she found in an apartment corridor – but Australian Idol winner claims her friend was ‘rescuing’ the dog for ill treatment
- Singing star Casey Donovan and friend shown on video taking another’s puppy
- Donovan claims they had drinks with owner and saw the dog being mistreated
- The dog was returned a few hours later to the owner, who denies mistreating it
- Donovan claimed to receive death threats after the video went on Facebook
Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan claims video of her and a friend allegedly ‘dognapping’ a puppy was after they saw it being thrown across a flat.
CCTV footage shows Donovan and her friend ‘Drew’ wearing a red dress emerging from a doorway in the hall of a Brisbane apartment building on Sunday night.
The puppy, named Donatello, runs up to Donovan’s friend in a friendly manner.
CCTV footage posted on Facebook shows Donovan and her friend, named as Drew, being approached by Donatello after they had exited a unit in a Brisbane apartment building
She friend picks up the dog while Donovan makes a quick glance back towards the unit they just exited.
The pair continue into the lift and enter it still carrying the dog.
They claimed they were in Donatello’s owner’s unit for drinks and decided to take the dog because they witnessed it being mistreated.
Donovan’s friend said she took Donatello home to care for until the owner ‘sobered up’, and returned the dog a few hours later.
Video of the incident is claimed to have resulted in Donovan receiving death threats.
Donovan glances back as her friend picks up the puppy and the pair continue to the lift
Later CCTV footage shows Donatello being taken back to the owner and Donovan has responded to the controversy sparked online by claiming Drew saw the puppy mistreated
Donovan posted a lengthy statement about the supposed ‘dognapping’ on Facebook.
It said they were at a friend of Drew’s place when Drew allegedly witnessed the dog being thrown across the flat by the housemate of her friend.
Donovan claims when she and Drew were in the hallway they were surprised to see Donatello there.
‘Drew, still being very upset about what had happened and with great concern for the dog’s welfare, decided to take the dog home so the people who were in the apartment that were heavily intoxicated could sober up and be more responsible with the poor dog,’ she wrote.
In her Facebook statement Donovan says that she agrees Drew ‘should not have taken the dog’ but her ‘heart was in the right place’ and the incident has been reported to authorities
‘I didn’t witness the dog being thrown and I have never met these people before. I stand by Drew’s account of what happened.’
Donovan said her friend’s heart ‘was in the right place’ and intended to return the dog when the housemate was not there, which she did when that was confirmed.
‘I agree Drew should have not taken the dog and should have advised the friend immediately that she had, not the next morning,’ she wrote.
‘I believe Drew has taken steps to report the incident to officials for further follow up. No animal should be in harm’s way or treated poorly.
‘I have two adorable cats and a dog at my parent’s place and am a huge animal welfare advocate.’
Since winning Australian Idol at just the age of 16 in 2004 Donovan has established a successful career as a singer and actress and is in Brisbane to star in the musical 9 TO 5
The owner has denied the dog was being mistreated.
Donovan is in Brisbane to star in the stage musical 9 to 5.
Since winning Australian Idol in 2004 at 16, Donovan has established a career as an singer and actor.
She also won another reality series, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, in 2017.