(NEW YORK) — Casey Anthony was being lampooned by “Saturday Night Live” and vilified by detractors again, this time for adopting a pet dog.
New photos that appear to show Anthony, 25, cuddling with a small dog surfaced over the weekend. The woman acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee first mentioned the dog in a personal video diary that her attorneys say was illegally obtained and leaked online.
“This has just been such a blessing in so many ways and now I, in some ways, have someone to talk to when I’m by myself so I’m not bothering the poor dog who I’ve adopted and I love,” she said in the video.
A Facebook group called “Save Casey Anthony’s Dog” already has hundreds of supporters.
On Saturday night, the pup made news with a “cameo” on SNL. Actor Daniel Radcliffe dressed up as a Yorkshire terrier and appeared as “Casey Anthony’s dog” on Weekend Update.
In the sketch, the bitter pup talks about life with Anthony and “living on a razor’s edge.”
“I think that perhaps the dog adoption screening process could be slightly more diligent,” the dog says. “For instance, when someone comes in to adopt a dog, you could ask, ‘Who are you?’ And if they say, ‘I’m Casey Anthony,’ or perhaps more tellingly, ‘I’m not Casey Anthony,’ you could say, ‘We’re out of dogs.’”
The dog also joked that he checked Anthony’s computer searches from two days prior and found a number of searches that were variations of “How to kill your dog.”
Others were outraged that Anthony has adopted a pet. Comments left on ABCNews.com were typical of their anger.
“How can anyone get her to care for a dog when she couldn’t even take care of her own flesh and blood?” one reader wrote.
Another person wrote, “You don’t deserve to have anything of your own again. You don’t deserve to have a good night’s sleep. You don’t even deserve that dog who I feel sorry for because he’s in bad company.”
After about six months under the radar, Anthony made headlines several times in the past few weeks with leaked videos, photos and hundreds of pages of unsealed psychiatric evaluations from when she was in prison.
In July, a Florida court acquitted Anthony of murder charges in the death of her toddler daughter. She is currently serving out one year of probation in Florida for being convicted on four counts of giving investigators false information.
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