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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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61.

Tammy    

I am an avid animal lover and would not ever knowling put an animal in harms way, I think Ellen is the same way. I agree w/ the other people who feel the animal agency is at fault here, I know there are rules, but how many people actually take the animal back, mostly only if they don't find a good home themselves, or their wanting a dog swap. I think Ellen should be given Kudos for finding the dog a good home, and shame on "Mutts and Moms."
Bob Barker is an avid supporter of humane societys and I bet he'd agree that it was better for the dog to have a nice loving family then take the chance of being locked back up and put to sleep.

2567 days ago
62.

kate    

Part of being a celebrity with all that money and fame is getting your pix taken - if you don't like it, find a new profession.

2567 days ago
63.

HEY    

THEY COULD HAVE CHECKED THE HOME OUT WHEN THEY GOT THERE.
AND THEY COULD HAVE BROUGHT ALONG AN ADOPTION FORM WITH
THEM. SO MUCH LEGAL RED TAPE THAT ONLY MAKES MATTERS WORSE,
NOT BETTER. NOW THE DOG IS BACK IN THE KENNEL, OPEN TO ANY
AND EVERY DISEASE THAT MIGHT BE FLOATING AROUND THE PLACE,
FLEAS..PROBABLY THOSE TOO. DOING THE DOG A FAVOR? I DONT THINK
SO. ITS BETTER THEN BEING ON THE STREETS...BUT NOT THAT MUCH
BETTER. AND IT CERTAINLY CANT COME CLOSE TO BEING IN A HOME!

2567 days ago
64.

patty king    

Well it just goes to show you that you should read what you sign and just because you are known you are not above the contract you sign. My first thought after reading this piece of new was why didn't Ellen have Ceasar Millan come and fix the conflict between the cats and dog. Why didn't Ellen bring the cats to meet the dog and see if they got along. This is something simple to do. Ellen and her friend would have made everything a less difficult.
Its Ellen's fault no matter how nice she could be.

2567 days ago
65.

Barbie    

With all the dogs who have to be put to sleep because they can't find homes for them, why on God's earth would that stupid agency take back a dog who has been placed? I have adopted two dogs that would have been put to sleep, one was abused, and my heart broke when I could not more home. Give the dog back.

2567 days ago
66.

Marie Johns    

Oh please. THere was an adoption contract involved. A contract is a contract. Ellen may be a wonderful person but what she is doing to rescue in the way of bad publicity is tragic. She chose to disregard the contract even though she knew what it stated. Why? Because she could not admit the adoption didn't work out? Rescue organization work long and hard hours trying to save dogs - most of them are all volunteer. Contracts are in place for a reason. Boycott the rescue? Maybe parents who adopt children and then find it's inconvenient for them should send the children to their hairdresser or other good homes. You can say it's not the same thing - but it is. Children have no voice. Animals have no voice. The organizations that protect them are the only ones who speak up for them...and if it were not for specific guidelines, anything could happen. People should stop thinking they're entitled to do whatever they want just because they think they can. Go ahead and blast away, but think about it...are you more concerned about the dog...or the people involved? There's the difference. That's why you're not doing rescue.

2567 days ago
67.

galenrd    

I don't know about other states, but in California the animal adoption agencies try to use that ploy in their adoption contract, but it has been ruled invalid by the courts. I'm surprised other states have not struck it down. It's a violation of property rights and privacy that you cannot sign away via a contract.
I was on the board of directors for two different Human Societies and opposed the use of such tactics. Unfortunately, this is still used by many control freaks at adoption agencies.

2567 days ago
68.

doggy dog    

WHY WOULD MUTTS AND MOM'S TAKE A DOG AWAY WHEN IN REALITY IT WAS ADOPTED BY ELLEN AND THEN WAS IT NOT HER DOG AND BECAUSE HER CATS HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE DOG SHE FINDS A LOVING FAMILY FOR THE DOG TO BE WITH WHEN THIS IS WHAT THE AGENCY WOULD BE DOING ANYWAY? SEEMS LIKE SOMEONE HAS THINGS BACKWARDS HERE MEANING THE AGENCY! THEY SHOULD HAVE THANKED ELLEN FOR FINDING A LOVING HOME FOR THE DOG THAT WAS NOT WANTED THEN ADOPTED YIKES! ITS NOT LIKE SHE THREW IT IN THE GARBAGE CAN OR OUT ON THE STREET TO FEND FOR ITSELF. IF THIS COMPANY FELT THEY HAD TO REPRIMAND SOMEONE THEY SHOULD HAVE REPRIMANDED ELLEN AND TOLD HER SHE COULD NOT ADOPT FORM THEM ANY ANIMAL ANYMORE BUT SHOULD HAVE THANKED HER FOR HER KINDNESS IN FINDING A WONDERFUL HOME FOR THIS DOG !

2567 days ago
69.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does    

What is it about CeleBRATies that makes them think they don't have to adhere to contracts or follow the law or exhibit common courtesy or be civil when in public?

I think Lindsey, Paris, Brit, Nicole, Halle, Orlando, O.J. and on and on ad nauseum are all poster children for the THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS campaign.

2567 days ago
70.

DEBBIE LUVS ELLEN    

THESE ANIMAL SHELTERS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.
IM SURE ELLEN KNEW WHAT SHE WAS DOING WHEN SHE GAVE THE DOG AWAY.
COME ON NOW SHE WOULD NEVER PUT ANY ANIMAL IN A HARMFUL SITUATION.
WITH ALL THE OVER CROWDING OF THESE SHELTERS ANIMALS GETTING PARVO
BECAUSE OF OVER CROWDING HAVING TO PUT MANY ANIMALS TO SLEEP AND THEN TO REOPEN THERE SHELTERS AFTER THEY HAVE CLEANED THERE ACT UP AND DISINFECTED THERE SHELTERS.I HAVE SEEN SHELTERS CHARGING 550.00
BUCKS FOR ANIMALS.YOU CAN BUY PURE BREEDS WITH PAPERS FOR THAT MUCH.I MEAN COME ON NOW THESE ARE DOGS THAT MIGHT BE PUT TO SLEEP
BECAUSE OF LACK OF HOMES AND THEY WANT TO CHARGE THAT MUCH.WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS THESE SHELTERS ARE HAVING WITH OVER CROWDING WHY IN THE HELL WOULD THEY GO AND TAKE BACK THAT POOR DOG BACK !! ITS ALL ABOUT GREED.

2567 days ago
71.

lumpy    

love the mugshots

2567 days ago
72.

Don    

Ellen .. so what !!! Just because she's a GAY celeb.don't mean squat in my book . PLAY BY THE RULES baby !!

2567 days ago
73.

Raz    

Pet adoption organizations (at least the responsible ones) have an obligation to ensure that any dog adopted out by them is going to a good home - which is why the responsible groups perform thorough background checks, interviews, etc. They need to do this to prevent the pet from becoming homeless again. They have had the necessary education and training to select the proper home- no two dogs are alike and there isn't a one dog fits all homes situation. Every dog has its unique needs and living requirements, and it is up to the adoption organization to properly place each dog. That is why adoption contracts are necessary.

2567 days ago
74.

Bart Stewart    

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?
>>>
NO, don't even print anything about improvement in her life. Don't print ANYTHING further about her! STOP devoting ANY attention or money to this complete ZERO named Britney Spears. All the time and money we spent on Britney Spears is time and money that could have gone to NEW talent with REAL talent. Spears had a few so-so dance tunes years ago. The amount of attention that is paid to this woman is nauseating. It is coming at the expense of new, up-and-coming artists with great new sounds. Those new artists are being left to die on the vine so we can go on and on and on with payola cases like Britney Spears. (And others like her! She is not the only one!)

2567 days ago
75.

bd    

Maybe the agency should've done a better job of checking into Ellen's home to see if it would've gotten along with the cats in the home already....

2567 days ago
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