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Alleged Ellen Dognapper Files Police Report

10/17/2007 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Marina Baktis, the dog rescue woman at the center of the Ellen DeGeneres scandal, filed a police report yesterday because she is being harassed for her role in the ordeal.
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Baktis, along with business partner Vanessa Chekroun, runs the Mutts and Moms agency from which Ellen DeGeneres adopted her dog. Ellen then was unable to keep the dog, so she gave it to her hairdresser Cheryl's family, which includes her 12-year-old daughter Ruby. Baktis told "Access Hollywood" yesterday that they've begun receiving death threats. "My life is being threatened, this is horrible. I rescue dogs. I can't believe this."

Baktis filed the report with the Pasadena Police Department last night.


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It looks like Marina Baktis has received her 15 minutes of fame. Now, do the right thing and let the dog go back to its loving family.

2564 days ago


Sorry to say, but I think this is just what this woman wants? You are making her the victim by acting like children and doing things that are just wrong (IE..DEATH THREATS). The whole point of supporting Ellen here is that she tried to do something good. Which I'm sorry, I truly believe she did not have bad intentions AT ALL.
She's already *oooo but I rescue dogs for a living, I don't deserve this* also took a dog from a good home without exploring all options first. I understand Ellen was wrong, but two wrongs do not make a right....I think we all learned that in the first grade.
There are lots of animals that need homes, please, adopt from your local humane society. Do not use private adoption agencies.

2564 days ago

Another Perspective    

I was in agreement with most of the posters here, until I heard Sam Simon (who was one of the developers of The Simpsons) on the radio last night. He runs the Sam Simon Foundation, where they rescue dogs and help people who have fallen on hard times with the costs of their animal care. Anyhow he brought up a really good point:

She signed a contract, and she knew what she was signing. The foundations have these agreements so that dogs can't be handed off to parties who are not fit to care for the animals. They invest a great deal of time and money is screening potential owners---for the safety and welfare of all parties. Sure, Ellen is a big star, but if she does this, then others will too.

And he brought up another good point: Has Ellen even been to her hairdresser's home? Everyone started laughing at that. I mean, it's true, who visits their hairdresser's home? If the dog didn't get along with her cats, all she had to was notify the organization, and recommend her hairdresser, and they would have done a site visit.

He said that he has automatic distrust of celebrities---they don't think the rules apply. He should know, he works with enough of them. It's not about "just letting the family keep the dog." It's about respecting what's good for the animal, and respecting the rules that apply to all people---celebs aren't above that.

You can check out his foundation---he really seems dedicated and sincere. (Not to mention, he's a funny guy who tells it like it is.)

2564 days ago


Ms. Marina Baktis and Ms. Vanessa Checroon threatened to contact the MEDIA if the dog was not returned….well they got their MEDIA!!!!

2564 days ago


ha ha ha good for them - there would have been no problems if they let the lying dog sleep.

2564 days ago


ok i understand there are procedures to go through when you decided you do not want the dog after all. so why didnt this lady try to formally readopt the dog to this family? but she definitely shouldnt be getting death threats people. after all she is trying to do good for animals.

2564 days ago


The dog has already been adopted by someone else!

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2564 days ago


Lucy, they're ignorant Ellen supporters.

2564 days ago


Good for her. Whether that dog belongs with the family is beside the point. They shouldn't be receiving death threats, and those who sent them in should be punished for it.

2564 days ago


She's surprised by receiving death threats? She's not only a crook, she's an idiot. And PETA is also a bunch of lying crooks. They only want their name involved for the publicity. They don't understand that the only supporters they have are out in "Hollyweird".


2564 days ago


I frankly find it hard to believe that this Mutts and Moms place would actually take back a dog that has been given a good, happy and safe home. So what it didn't work out with Ellen. Ellen gave that dog to someone who she trusted to be loving and take care of it. Ellen also paid for that dog and it was hers to give if she couldn't keep it. Mutts and Moms should be shut down and let the real people who care about finding animals a good home take over. It is quite obvious that this place just wanted to drop Ellen's name around to round up business.

Isn't the point of pet adoption to find a good, safe home for these animals. Obviously, Mutts and Moms don't get it. SHUT THEM DOWN!!!! GIVE THAT DOG BACK TO THE LITTLE GIRL!!!

2564 days ago

can't believe it    

how sad that the poor dog was taken away from loving people. the poor dog won't understand. taking a dog from a loving family should be a crime in it's self. the point is to give the dog to people who will love and care for it. instead the dog is in a cold cage all by its self.
what the hell is wrong with this world

2564 days ago


I have a simple resolution shoot and kill iggy the dog, problem solved.

2564 days ago


The rescue group now says they are broke and can't properly care for the animals. Is that a good home? No.

Look at her house. She is violating building a safety codes with that gate. It's too high and solid. It can't be over 41 inches tall in the front. That gate is to block views so people can't tell she's way over her pet limit. You are only allowed three dogs per home address. You cannot run a dog kennel or sanctuary or rescue out of your home in Los Angeles. You must be 500 feet away from any residential unit.

This woman just opened up a big can of worms on herself. She will be reported. Report her to Pasadena Animal Shelter, LA Animal Services and Los Angeles Building and Safety

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