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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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106.

muffinamy    

On their website it says "Mutts & Moms does not place little dogs with children under the age of 13." Maybe that has something to do with it.

2462 days ago
107.

DCD    

Why didn't Ellen just call and tell the adaption agency she was giving the dog away? She couldn't have know it was in the contract. Or did she;( That would be sad for the little girl, because then Ellen set her up for this disappointment. I doubt Ellen did this on purpose.

2462 days ago
108.

native    

I understand it takes alot of money to get these dogs ready for adoption(all of ours are pound puppies) but, the new home should have been checked out and if approved the poor girl should have been able to keep the dog. You are in the job of placing dogs into good homes correct??? Hopefully she will get her dog back w/o her mom having to pay another adoption charge. Some of the private pet adoption agencies that I have dealt with act like the dog has to be in a mansion to be happy.

2462 days ago
109.

jf    

The resuce group should be called Mutts and Nuts!

2462 days ago
110.

deanna    

Seriously, it's easier to pry a first born child out of its mother's arms than it is to adopt a dog from some of these rescue groups. I mean, you wanna do the right thing and adopt a dog from a group that purports to do some good in the community, but they sure do make you sorry. You're better off going to the county shelter or finding a reputable breeder.

2462 days ago
112.

RennieGirl    

That adoption agency should know better, it is traumatic for the animal to be taken from a cage
to loving home then back to a cage again.

If they were really concerned about the animal's welfare instead of 'making a point or example'.
they would have left the dog with the new family and had them fill out paperwork for a back
'just anyone'. This sounds like someone she works with everyday.

2462 days ago
113.

mada    

The agency should definately give the dog back to Ruby, if they truly want the best home for the animal, they should know Ellen would't give the dog to just anyone. They obviously just wanted to be able to say Ellen adopted one of their animals. How pathetic. I'd have a show dedicated to bringing to light just what the agency did and have Ruby on the show to tell how awful they were to her. Show the world what that agency is really all about!

2462 days ago
114.

Jo    

Regardless of how the little girl feels, Degeneres broke the contract. Kind of like illegal immigration. If the parents hadn't broken the law to begin with, the children wouldn't be sad because their parents are now being deported. See how that works? Sorry for the little girl, but she only has Ellen to blame.

2462 days ago
115.

DEE-VA 1960    

AS THEY SAY' ONLY IN AMERICA' THAT IS THE KIND OF STUFF THAT IS COMPLETELY STUPID! ITS AN ANIMAL AND NOTHING ELSE I'M SURE THAT ELLEN WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN THE DOG TO THOSE PEOPLE IF SHE THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE NOT KIND AND CARING PEOPLE.

2462 days ago
116.

redbird    

i just adopted a greyhound a few months ago..you would not believe what i had to go thru to get 1..seems some of these agencies would rather have animals put down rather than take a chance on a good home..

2462 days ago
117.

veronica    

THAT'S JOEY FATONE'S DAUGHTER!!!!!!!!

2462 days ago
118.

Silver Owl    

I'd make sure everyone in the universe knew the name of the agency. Sounds like their so-called rules need changing. This is a tragic thing taking a pet back due to some idiotic one-size-fits-all rule..

2462 days ago
119.

E    

This is just stupid. This pet adoption agency got a celeb to not only adopt from their agency and get a $600 dollar donation!!!!!!!!! Then they bite the hand of the adopte trying to do the right thing!! The agency is full of it. Give them a piece of your mind! Give the dog back to Ruby!

pawboutique@yahoo.com

2462 days ago
120.

laureli    

it sounds like that adoption agency just wanted to have a celebrity that adopted their animal so they can put that in a brochure somewhere...looks like they're still getting the publicity, with the police involved and everything!

2462 days ago
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