Katy Perry has been blasted for appearing in a "disgusting" advert for Australian department store Myer.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

The 'Chained to the Rhythm' hitmaker has teamed up with the company for a series of online promotions for her upcoming 'Witness' tour Down Under, but has been slammed for ending an ad by telling her teacup poodle Nugget to "chase" koalas.

After telling viewers how to enter a draw to win one of 8,000 free tickets to her show, Katy says: "Let's go chase some koalas, nugget!"

The clip has been slammed by vet Claire Madden, who treats koalas injured in dog attacks.

She told Australia's Courier Mail: "This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer, and inappropriate on so many levels.

"Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas."

And Claire encouraged the 32-year-old singer to spend a day with her and see her work first hand.

She said: "Katy Perry I challenge you to come and spend a day with me (a wildlife vet) and learn first hand why your comment should NOT be streamed across the nation.

"Koalas attacked by dogs is one of their biggest threats and primary reasons for presenting to wildlife hospitals across Australia.

"Come visit me and you will quickly learn how adorable and precious our koalas are and how undeserving your comment is."

Myer are now working to remove the offending line following complaints.

A spokesperson said: "We are aware of comments in relation to Katy Perry's Witness: The Tour advertisement and a particular reference made to koalas.

"We are currently removing the material which references koalas."

by for www.femalefirst.co.uk

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