THE dog charity Stacey Solomon adopted her new pup from has been forced to deny they bend the rules for celebrity owners.
The mother-of-four took to Instagram she had adopted new puppy Theo last week after announcing her beloved pooch Theo died in December.
Stacey, 32, took to Instagram on Monday to share adorable photos of the new dog, who she adopted from charity ProDogsDirect.
While many fans gushed over the cute new arrival, many were left confused as to how the star managed to take him home with young children in the house.
The Loose Women panellist welcomed baby girl rose back in October, and also had three boys, Rex, two, Leighton, nine, and Zachary, 13, at home.
Questioning as to whether or not she got special treatment due to her celebrity status, some angry fans headed to the comments section.
"I find it sad rescues don't normally make an adoption process so easy," said one woman. "Families normally need older kids due to not knowing a dog's history.
"But for celebrities they break the rules. Not even a home visit. Why not give everyone the same treatment regardless of celebrity or not."
Another fan chimed in: "I'd love to know how you do this I had to go and get a puppy as no rescue would let me have a dog due to having a baby.
"It's ridiculous that so-called normal people can't rescue but famous people can and it doesn't matter about the circumstances."
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"I went to the dog rescue a few weeks ago and they told us anyone with children under six aren't allowed to have a rescue dog?" a third chimed in.
"I have two kids under six so couldn't give a rescue dog a loving home after losing our beloved boxer to cancer last year."
Following the influx of comments, charity ProDogsDirect were forced to defend Stacey's adoption and explained there was no special treatment.
"We treat each dog as an individual – lots of our dogs, sadly the majority, cannot be homed with young children because of their past or lack of information about their past," a statement posted to Instagram read.
"This lad is great with children, he has a fab temperament and is now in a great home.
"We know that it is difficult when you have children, and we wish all of our dogs could be homed with children. They can't but those that can we will state and home with children if it is the right home for the dog.
"Each dog is individual and each of our applicants are too. Please be kind we are all wanting the same thing and that is to see all animals safe and loved."
They went on to confirm they rehomed Teddy to Stacey, who followed their "adoption process" and filled out a full application form.
"Yes her home was vetted, and no she did not adopt a dog in 24hours," the spokesperson continued.
"It is so very sad that the minority cannot be happy that a rescue dog has found a great home where he will be loved and looked after – we couldn't be happier for Teddy and his new family.
"Please be happy and be kind and if you cannot then please be quiet – Thank you to all who are happy for Teddy."
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