Justin Bieber: I Didn’t Adopt a Dog

Justin Bieber (right); Selena Gomez and dog Baylor

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updated 11/02/2011 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 11/02/2011 AT 2:30 PM ET

Justin Bieber has been dogged by paternity allegations lately, but there’s one rumor he’s emphatic about clearing up: The pop star did not adopt a new puppy.

The 17-year-old singer got people talking when he accompanied his girlfriend Selena Gomez to a Winnipeg, Canada, shelter last month, where she adopted a pooch named Baylor.

“I don’t even have a dog!’” Bieber said on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “I have a dog. His name is Sam, but he lives with my grandparents. I never got a new dog.”

The Bieb stressed that any other information being floated on the Internet about him adopting or potty training Baylor was untrue.

“I didn’t adopt a dog, no,” he said. “A friend of mine did. I don’t take credit for the dog. I don’t have anything to do with that dog.”

Bieber continued, “I think he’s a cute dog, but he’s not my dog. I love dogs. I condone people adopting from shelters.”

While the other paternity claims have yet to be resolved, Bieber and Seacrest came to an understanding about Baylor. “I’m glad we cleared that up,” Seacrest said, “because we’ve been talking about a dog that’s not yours for weeks now.”

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