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Ellen's Doggone Nightmare

10/15/2007 1:40 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.
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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.'"

TMZ has video of the confrontation at the hairdresser's home, as well as interviews with Ellen, Portia and little Ruby. You can watch the full story tonight on TMZ TV.

The Britney Spears Coffee and Gas Roundup

Britney Spears: Click to watchBrit was up to her usual tiresome tricks this weekend -- you'll never guess where she went!

Ding ding dang! If you said gas stations and Starbucks with her paparazzi entourage in tow -- you've won!

TMZ caught Spears in Malibu on Friday at her favorite coffee shop, where a chef from a Country Mart restaurant shouted, "Run 'em all over!" to Brit as she rolled up. She then hightailed it to a gas station, where she decided to read "The Chronicles of Narnia" as a photog pumped her gas. I's edumacated, y'all!

Britney hot -- click to launchBrit also stopped into a salon and was blinded by flashes on her way out -- once again shouting, "So over it!" ... but later asking for someone's hand to help guide her to the car. She even proved she still can sing, giving an operatic note before driving off.

Brit's Saturday was no less paparazzi-filled, with the popwreck sending a photog into Virgin Records in Hollywood to pick up a Justin Timberlake CD while she waited in her car.

All this and more in today's "Gimme More CS Lewis" edition of Spears Catcher.

Orlando the Hero? Puh-lease!

orlando goes off - click to play Orlando Bloom's reps are spinning his bad behavior following a serious car accident in the most ridiculous way we've seen in a long time.

Bloom was behind the wheel early Friday morning when his vehicle struck a parked Porsche, seriously injuring one of his passengers. Bloom's reaction -- he walked away from the car and his badly hurt passenger. Video from X17 tells the story -- paparazzi have to repeatedly tell Bloom that walking away constitutes hit and run. When it finally sinks in, Bloom walks back and pretends to be a hero, comforting the woman.

A statement released by Bloom's people on Friday said the star was "grateful that no one was seriously injured." We're no medical experts, but we'd call the FRACTURED NECK sustained by his friend, Cher Coulter, pretty serious.

And the cops are saying that Bloom was not drunk or under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident -- but they didn't conduct a blood alcohol test at the scene and none was ever given because, they say, because Orlando showed no signs of intoxication.

Was Orlando drinking? Watch him go off on a guy outside a club, minutes before the crash, and then decide for yourself.

T.I. Busted for Allegedly Buying Weapons

T.I. TMZ has obtained the affidavit and search warrant issued by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after T.I. allegedly had his bodyguard buy illegal machine guns and silencers for him.

Since T.I. is a convicted felon, he can't legally buy firearms, so, according to the ATF, he used his bodyguard to purchase them for him and members of his entourage. According to the affidavit, the bodyguard admitted to buying nine firearms for T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) and approximately 17 other firearms for people other than Harris.

He was charged with two felonies -- possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. A source told that "[The bodyguard] asked T.I. for an advance on his [pay] and T.I. gave it to him. ...Whatever he spent money on -- whether it be guns, drugs, or formula for his children -- T.I. had nothing to do with it."

TMZ spoke with Chevrolet this morning, which features the rapper in one of its biggest ad campaigns. When asked whether they planned to drop him as a spokesman, a rep for the automaker only said they are "reviewing the situation."

If Chevy does indeed drop him, there's always Smith & Wesson!

UPDATE: This afternoon, the ATF showcased the guns seized in the case (pictured below).

guns seized in T.I. case


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Blue Kentucky Girl    

Airhead News Network

.. .. all of the above items/articles/stories and contrived photos. .. .. spare me.

2567 days ago


What kind of fascist organizations takes away a dog from a loving home.

2567 days ago


Enough with Brittany already. It's becoming boring to say the least, I'm sure there are other people a bit more interesting. We all know what she's done, how far down she's spiraled. So why not wait until something like IMPROVEMENT in her life comes along and print that?

2567 days ago

Miller Time    

In stars who look like there dogs, thats not Jerry O'Connell its his brother, whatever his name is.

2567 days ago


I agree!!!! There was no point in taking that dog away from it's loving home. No matter who got the dog or where it went; the only thing that should matter is that it was being well loved and well taken care of-------HAVE A HEART PEOPLE!!!

2567 days ago


I guess next time Ellen should read the adoption agreement she signed. Every one I have ever dealt with states very clearly that if the adoption doesn't work out, the animal MUST BE RETURNED to the agency. They haven't done any kind of check on the hairdresser's home to know if it is an appropriate placement. I feel sorry for the kid, but this is ELLEN'S FAULT.

2567 days ago


Thousands of dogs are killed every day in "shelters." What is the world coming to?

2567 days ago

edith diaz    

Hellen has a beautiful heart.- This is all "stupid Red Tape", or the woman rep. wants some publicity.
What difference does it make who has the dog, as long as he is loved and well taken care of. ????
GIVE ME (and Hellen) A BREAK !!!!!

2567 days ago


That animal organization should be ashamed of themselves. I understand there are policies to be followed but to take a pet away from a loving family and to let a child grieve over it in their presence, it's just shameful. Think of all the animals out there who aren't so lucky as to have a family that loves them.

2567 days ago


I think this is terrible, a dog that gets a good home and some idiot comes in with the police and takes him awayt. Since when do they have the right once you have adopted a pet to tell you that you have to report what is going on with the animal?Do you have to call them when the dog goes poop too?? Geezus this is crazy, Ellen of all people would never have given the dog to someone that would not have given it a good home. Way to go to the idiot that took the dog back, hows it feel not only to upset a child but the dog also? You should be grateful that a loving family took the dog and that it just wasn't put out on the street.

Ellen, so sorry for all this. The woman is WRONG to have taken him back and your right she should be mad at you and not punish a child and family that loves the dog.

That woman should be FIRED

2567 days ago


For heavens sake. What kind of sick people would take a dog away from a loving home when there are so many animals that need just that? I feel so bad for that little girl and Ellen also.

2567 days ago


Ellen is wrong on this one. We run a horse rescue (where you can transfer ownership) and a simple phone call would have avoided all of this. She should have called and explained the situation and then the agency would have checked the home out and it would have went smoothly, instead she caused the problem with this situation, not the adoption group.

If she signed a contract, she should have abided by it.

Jo Deibel
Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.

2567 days ago


All you ever hear are agencies wanting dogs to have loving homes. This woman at the agency sounds like a storm trooper. Ellen loves animals and she would never give an animal to someone who wouldn't take care for it or love it. Get a life, storm trooper lady, and be damn glad Ellen found a loving home for the animal.

2567 days ago

Mesa if you are going to report this, you should put the name of the dog adoption agency/shelter in the report.
I give money to animal organizations, and I want to make sure they do not receive any money from me if they are a shelter, there are too may other shelters (that have a heart), that I would want my money to go to.
And if they are an adoption agency, I would NEVER adopt from them.
Especially since it is Ellen involved, she LOVES animals, and would NEVER put them in a bad home. What was this agency thinking????

2567 days ago


They do have written policies on this stuff even at the local pound here.
They say it is because they want the new party to come in and adopt the animal through them so they can be screened properly.
Some argue it is so they get a chance to make money off the animal again.
All the policy does is put the animal at greater risk of euthansia than someone who paid to adopt it probably will.
In all actuality, I would feel you own the dog it should be able to find a home for it if you want. She should have 30-60 days to send them a letter at best.

2567 days ago
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