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Ellen DeGeneres' Doggone Nightmare

10/15/2007 9:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres is caught in the middle of a doggy tug of war that has left an innocent girl in tears.

Ellen and her girlfriend, Portia de Rossi, adopted Iggy (a Brussels Griffon mix) from Mutts and Moms, a dog adoption agency. But things didn't work out as Ellen planned -- her cats didn't get along with Iggy -- so she gave the pooch to her hairdresser, who has two kids, including 12-year-old Ruby.

Last night, a rep from the agency came to the hairdresser's home, claiming Ellen violated the contract by not informing the agency of the hand-off. The rep demanded to take the dog away. Ellen' s position -- yeah, she should have notified the agency, but she found a loving home and isn't that what counts? The agency rep stuck to her guns and removed the dog with cops present. Ruby is heartbroken; reduced to tears.

Ellen says, "I kept saying, 'If you want to be mad at me, be mad at me, but don't take it out on the family. Don't take it out on the dog.'"


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What kind of good are YOU doing for dogs? Don't knock the "do-gooders" unless you are ready to get off you a$$ and do some good!

2512 days ago

Only swim in the Ocean    

I voted no because Ellen broke the rules. You should always obey the rules of a contract people. Remember, do not break rules.

2512 days ago


The adoption agency was and is out for the interests of the dog. Ellen was wrong this time, in not giving enough weight to the contract she signed. I am sure that if this home checks out and goes through the adoption process and signs their own contract, they will re-home this dog with the hairdresser. The reason for the contract is so the agency can follow the dog through his/her life and assure that the dog is safe. Rescues don't stop caring about their dogs after re-homing them. IF this new home were abusive, the rescue would have no rights to intervene on behalf of the dog down the road. Sorry, Ellen was wrong on this one!

2512 days ago


See that's the problem with these rescue groups! They don't care about the welfare of the dog, they care about getting another $400 out of someone to "rescue" "their" dog.

People, if you want to rescue a dog, go the LA County Shelter (or any shelter in the US). It's $30 and don't have to worry about unneccesary drama if you decide to give the dog to your sister, dentist, hairdresser, or maid.

2512 days ago

Stephanie P.    

thats ludacris! if the dog had a good home then why take it away. bad move on the pet adoption agency.

2512 days ago

Logo Designers    

wasn't that the point anyway - to find the dog a home???

2512 days ago

give me a break    

This is why people need to take what they sign their name to seriously...she signed a contract binding them. Its sad for the little girl and she really should get the dog BUT lesson learned hopefully to them.

2512 days ago

Leave Brittney Alone!    

#12 - KLM - YOU ARE AN A$$!

2512 days ago


I live in LA and I'm never surprised by the amount of stupidity in this city. Yes, she probably should have informed the agency that she was giving the dog to a friend, but she's Ellen, not Michael Vick. Maybe this agency feels their dogs can ONLY go to famous people. Leno's done "Jaywalking" for 10 years because 99% of the people here are idiots.
Happy Monday!

2512 days ago


These rescue organizations are obsessed beyond reason. The dog was in a loving and good home. The rescue group should have checked out the family and let them keep the dog. Instead, they got angry. Maybe they wanted to tell people that Ellen had adopted from them and now could not. Whatever, the rescue organization was wrong to have done what it did. It doesn't excuse Ellen, because she signed a contract stating she would give the dog back if she needed to get rid of it. But that issue aside, she did find a loving home. The rescue org should have mitigated the damages rather than escalate them by ripping the dog away from the family. It hurt the family and the dog!

2512 days ago


You have NO CLUE what we rescue groups pay OUT OF OUR POCkETS for the welfare of these anmials. I spend MINIMUM of $250.00 per animla and I ask for a $100.00 donationtowards that. I certainly can't speak for all, but I can certainly speak for little ole me who does this to take care of the animals that simple minded IDIOTS who make comments like "their just dogs" DON"T take care of. Because of the sorry few (many) the rest of us pick up the tab!

2512 days ago

I'm hungry    

WOW ...I see America has idiotic, self-righteous, pretenious, animal rights bullies too ... I thought that sort of cruel, misguided, asinine, situations only happened here in Canada with our own little "DOGGIE NAZIS" .. smooth move, way to endear yourself to the public's heart ..

2512 days ago


How did the agency even find out about this dog no longer belonging to Ellen?

I adopted a dog and the only way I can see this kind of issue is if someone ratted her out. Who did you hurt this time, Ellen?

2512 days ago


Rescue Adoption agencies want a dog in a "forever" home; all their contracts stipulate to return the dog if not suitable. The kid could still have the dog, her mom just needs to fill out an application with the agency. Those of us that deal with rescue and know why dogs end up in rescue will understand this. Also, celebrities are not above the law. And in the case of the football dude..being a celebrity doesn't make you a proper dog owner. Did Ellen not tell the agency about the cats ? Did she not consider having a meet-and-greet with the other household pets before getting this dog? People are the irresponsible ones, rescue agencies are working hard with limited funds to put the dog first.

2512 days ago


I agree with the agency. If these are the rules, these are the rules. Fortunately, this dog
was in a "good home". In many cases, "free to good home", only spells tragedy for
the animal involved. People tend to place little value on anything they get for "free"!
I know from sad first experience. I gave a dog away to what I thought was a "good home".
It , I found out later, was treated very poorly. It wound up getting hit by a car. Everyone likes
to imagine that "free to good home" guarantees a stray animal a life of bliss, but it is usually
not the case. These animals often wind up neglected, dead, and some in a lab for research.
While Ellen was more than likely well meaning, the agency probably knows all too well, the
dire consequences of "placing again" a dog that did not fit in. Perhaps the young girl and
family who had it, will be allowed to adopt it again-properly. That would be fitting.

2512 days ago
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