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Katy Perry Under Fire for Telling Her Teacup Poodle to Chase Koalas

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Katy just can't seem to win these days—the pop star is now under fire for saying "Let's go chase some koalas, Nugget" to her teacup poodle, Nugget, in a commercial for the Australian brand Myer. 

Apparently, dogs attacking koalas is a huge problem in Australia: The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection reports that appoximately 110 koalas are killed by dogs every year just in that region.

In Perry's defense, that environmental analysis also says "dogs over 10kg were responsible for 96 per cent of attacks on koalas." Nugget is a micro teacup poodle. She certainly weighs less than 22 pounds. 

Still, people are not happy. "Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas," said Claire Madden, a wildlife vet, to the Courier Mail. "Katy Perry I challenge you to come and spend a day with me (a wildlife vet) and learn first hand why your comment should NOT be streamed across the nation."

A Myer rep also told the Courier Mail, "We are aware of comments in relation to Katy Perry's Witness: The Tour advertisement and a particular reference made to koalas. We are currently removing the material which references koalas."

Watch the ad in question, below, and see for yourself what all the fuss is about:

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