'Jackass' star apologizes for threatening to shoot pit bull puppy

Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:27 PM ET

Bam Margera has built a career on playing pranks and being, well, a Jackass. But in a recent twitpic, the 33-year-old daredevil took things too far when he pointed what appeared to be a gun at his pit bull puppy's head. "Penny pooped in my bed," Margera tweeted. "If it happens again, Penny goes Bye Byes." 


Margera explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer that the gun was a fake. In an interview with the paper at his Chester County, Pa., home, Margera said he was unaware of a rise in horrific animal-abuse cases in the area. "I think those people need to go down," he said, adding that he would've never posted the photo if he'd known about recent instances of abuse. "Just hurting another animal is rude, crude and more." 

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Margera reiterated that he does not own a gun and has only ever fired one at a clay pigeon at a sporting event.

"I feel like every follower I have on Twitter knows my Jackass joking kind of humor," he said. He also pointed out that no one was up in arms over photos he posted of himself holding the toy gun to his friends' heads. Still, he mused, "All press is good press."

Margera's girlfriend, Nikki Boyd, said she was the real dog-lover in the house and Margera is "the crazy cat person."

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Fortunately, Penny the pit bull, who has since been renamed Sunny, has a crate and, according to Boyd, is adapting well to training.

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