Aaron Carter’s beloved dog Zelda is in good hands.
The singer’s 3-year-old German Shepherd now lives with Melanie Martin’s relatives, according to TMZ.
The outlet reports that Melanie’s sister, Jennifer Martin, and her boyfriend, Max, adopted the puppy one day after Carter was found tragically dead in his bathtub at the age of 34, with Zelda by his side.
The couple said they “felt right to adopt Zelda” because Melanie was “going through a lot” after the former child star died on November 5.
“[Zelda] he looked shocked when he was found … panicking and scared,” the couple told TMZ, adding that he is doing “much better” now following the shocking incident.
The couple also noted that “she won’t be fixed, but they don’t want any more puppies” because Zelda already has two litters.
Carter was also the father of another dog named Karma. TMZ reports that she “wasn’t moved like Zelda” and was sent back to one of Jennifer’s co-workers.
Earlier this week, Carter’s former manager, Taylor Helgeson, told Page Six that cyberbullying had been “breaking” the singer for some time.
“It was like a nightmare,” Helgeson said of the constant hate the late “I Want Candy” singer received. “It was non-stop. It didn’t matter and, yes, it did a number on him. “
Helgeson told us that Aaron didn’t immediately speak to his older brother, Nick Carter, after their years of public disagreements.
“I know they had plans … to get together, to forgive,” the manager said of his relationship with the Backstreet Boys member.
I don’t know exactly when, but I know they wanted to – that was the idea.
Nick, 42, wrote a touching tribute to his brother, writing in part, “Even though my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never wavered.”
“I was always holding on to hope that somehow, one day he would want to walk the healthy path and finally get the help he so desperately needed,” he continued. “Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for the loss. But the truth is that addiction and mental health are the cruelest things here. “
Aaron was reportedly surrounded by compressed air cans and pill bottles when he died. His official cause of death has not been released, pending toxicology results.