As far as Pete Davidson is concerned, PETA is barking up the wrong tree.
The animal rights organization recently ripped the former "Saturday Night Live" star for purchasing a dog at a pet store, as opposed to adopting a pooch from a shelter. After doing so, Pete gave the organization a piece of his mind.
On Monday, June 5, the comedian left a visceral voicemail for Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA's Senior VP of Cruelty Investigations. In that message, obtained by TMZ, Pete says he's "severely allergic" to dogs so he has to get a cavapoo, a nearly hypoallergenic breed that doesn't shed.
Pete said he wanted to get the dog for his mom, as her previous four-legged pal recently died.
The "Bupkis" star accused the organization of "creating news stories" because it's "boring" and "tired." He then used some vulgar language to conclude the message.
Like Pete, PETA wasn't backing down.
"If Pete had done his research, he would know that there's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, that at least a quarter of dogs in shelters are purebreds, and that Petfinder has listings for homeless dogs of every breed under the sun, including the one he purchased," the animal rights organization said in a statement.
While PETA was upset with Pete, the company still felt for his family.
"Our hearts go out to the Davidson family for the loss of their dog," the statement said, "but Pete must know in his heart that there's no excuse for buying a dog and propping up the puppy mill industry when millions of dogs await loving homes in shelters, and we hope he'll do the right thing and adopt next time."
Pete, though, has seemingly not regrets about the voicemail he left, as he stressed that he and his family were devastated by the loss of his mom's dog.
"I haven't seen my mom and sister cry like that in over 20 years. I was trying to cheer up my family. I was already upset that the store had filmed me without my permission or acknowledgement," he said. "Then this organization (PETA) made a public example of us, making our grieving situation worse. I am upset. It was a poor choice of words. I shouldn't have said what I said, but I am not sorry for standing up for myself and my family."