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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.
Ellen dog exclusive
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 MediaTakeOut.com 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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31.

moms2cool    

can you all imagine someone having done this to Oprah? Heads would have rolled.

2475 days ago
32.

ginnyb    

These pet adoption agencies seem to be money grabbers. They constantly ask for
donations from strangers while charging each adopter for spaying/neutering and shots
that the animal many times do not need. Here in Wash/Ore they seem to set the cost of
adoption to compete with dog breeders, grabbing whatever they think the market will
bear.

If Ellen's chosen adoption agency were truly concerned about the environment and welfare
of the pup, why didn't they just arrange for a home evaluation and interview BEFORE snatching
the little doggie?

2475 days ago
33.

Elaine    

Enough with everything TMZ!!! You know, you don't have to follow Britney around just to see what she does next. What if any of you were followed around by paparazzi and were only found to be going to your favorite place for a drink? Would you like to be in the news for that? I think not. There is a little thing called respect, which I don't think any of you know. I's edumacated, y'all! How stupid can you get?! She's reading a book for heaven's sake! When is the last time you read anything other than reports on what a person's up to? And the shrit that she is wearing? I'd love to see the wardrobe that you guys have! It's probably the worst out there!!! In my own version of Chris Crocker's saying, "leave Britney the F**K alone!"

2475 days ago
34.

momwithpets    

I understand that the adoption agency has a responsibility to the dog by checking out the owners, but once Ellen had stated that she "handed off" the dog, couldn't the agency done a check on the new family without all of this drama? I just adopted a dog, and they want your vet's name, whether you own or rent, and 4 references. These steps could have easily been taken~but then the agency would have missed out on an additional adoption fee...Why else wouldn't they just do the check?

2475 days ago
35.

boxerhugs    

The adoption facility is Mutts and Moms, and they should be ashamed of themselves. Not only did they take a pet away from a child, but they took this pet away from a loving home. With the amount of animals being euthanized daily because nobody wants them, Mutts and Moms really screwed up. We need people to help the animals out, not hurt them, and that is all that is going to come of this. This kind of publicity will close Mutts and Moms down.

2475 days ago
36.

J S Burke    

Dogs will be dogs, who else will do that to a child?......

2475 days ago
37.

KAY    

This is absolutely ridiculous......I agree that the agency person needs to get a life......Ellen is a wonderful person and LOVES ANIMALS....She would never put a dog in harms way............That agency person is really twisted.....Someone give her something to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2475 days ago
38.

Penny    

well Carla, your comments show that you should not have a pet. If you can't understand why they don't want a "4" year old in the cat room and why someone should have a fenced yard for a dog, then maybe you should you should get a pet rock. I'm sure you would do well with that.

2475 days ago
39.

LMAO    

Smoke crack, snort coke, get drunk as hell and drive, etc. etc. etc. and walk out on a technicality. Get a dog and not tell someone. Your busted. LMAO

2475 days ago
40.

PAULA    

ELLEN DID VIOLATE THIS ANIMAL SHELTER'S POLICIES. SOME ARE SLACK AND SOME ARE STRICT. WE HAVE 7 DOGS AND A CAT AND ALL FROM VARIOUS HUMANE SOCIETIES AND ANIMAL SHELTERS AND POUNDS IN FLORIDA AND HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA. SOME WERE ADOPTED OUT AND WERE NEVER CHECKED ON. OTHERS PLACES WERE STRICT AND CAME OUT TO OUR HOUSE TO MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS WERE IN A GOOD A HOME AND QUITE FRANKLY I HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR THE PLACES THAT CHECK UP ON THE ANIMALS AFTER THE ADOPTIONS TO MAKE SURE THINGS ARE GOING SMOOTHLY.

TOO MANY SICK PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT LIE, ADOPT A DOG, THEN TIE IT TO A TREE IN THE COLD AND HEAT WITHOUT SHELTER AND FOOD OR WATER FOR THE REST OF ITS LIFE OR IT GOES TO BE A WATCH DOG IN A JUNKYARD. MORE PLACES NEED TO HAVE STRICTER RULES. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE HEART BROKEN KID, THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ANIMAL. IF THEY LOVED THE DOG SO MUCH, THEY CAN GO TO THAT ANIMAL SHELTER AND ADOPT THE DOG IN THEIR OWN NAMES. GET OVER IT!

ELLEN IS IN THE WRONG HERE. SHE BROKE THE CONTRACT SHE SIGNED TO GET THE DOG IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO THE SHELTER AND NOT GIVEN AWAY TO SOMEONE ELSE, PERIOD!

I AM ALL FOR ANIMAL LOVERS AND I KNOW ELLEN LOVES ANIMALS BUT THIS WAS NOT DONE CORRECTLY NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT.

2475 days ago
41.

Brooklyn Yenta    

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2475 days ago
42.

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2475 days ago
43.

Cherie    

This was an ugly ordeal for the adoption agency to put Ellen and the little girl through! Without a doubt, Ellen would make sure the dog was placed in good hands. Having adopted all of my animals, I am fully aware of the wordings about returning the dog, but instead of having the police there and escalating this to the extreme that they did, they could have simply talked with the little girl's family, checked the family's friend and vet references and allowed the family to foster the dog through the reference stage. We are talking only a couple of days here. Volunteer or not, this agency's rep should be terminated!

The whole premise of the adoption organizations is to find loving homes for animials! Homes that will protect and take care of animals that may otherwise be destroyed.

Shame on the rep and shame on the agency for allowing her to behave this poorly!!! For the sake of the animals ONLY, I hope the name of the agency isn't disclosed, which could result in a cut-off of donors!

2475 days ago
44.

ChickEpoo    

While it is true that Ellen signed the contract and ALL of this brou ha-ha could have
been avoided if she had called........The bottom line is......the AGENCY DID NOT have
to respond in the manner they did. When they learned that Ellen had re-homed this
dog.....ALL they had to do.....is call up this family and arrange for NEW adoption papers
to be filled out and home inspections to transpire.

These types of things with "rescue organizations" are WHY I will never adopt from
any of them. And none of this particularly surprises me.

2475 days ago
45.

Tootsie    

The Dog has bonded with the people and vice versa. WHY take the dog away? Would it not bring more trauma to the dog to take it from this loving home and impound it for yet another adoption?? Oh puleeeze...! Give the dog back, make amends, Ellen is ok, EVERYTHING is ok and stop with this inane VIOLATION already. Loving agencies my hind side... see if I will contribute next time --- NOT! I believe it is this agency that needs to be examined. Poor Dog needs to go back to this Hairdresser and family!

2475 days ago
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