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Don't Screw the Pooch!

10/17/2007 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ellen DeGeneres has been attacked by a pet adoption agency for committing a cardinal sin -- not getting approval before giving an abandoned dog to a loving family.

TMZ obtained this clip from last night's taping of Ellen's show that will air today. In it, she says the fight should not be about anything but the dog, and the dog just needs to go back to the family.

TMZ broke the story that Ellen had given a dog she adopted to her hairstylist after she realized the pooch didn't get along with her cats. The adoption agency ripped the dog from its new digs because Ellen signed a contract that said if she gave the dog up it would go back to the adoption agency -- HELLO?!? Adoption, loving home!

Now we've learned Ellen never submitted an application to adopt the dog, nor did she undergo a home inspection that seems so important after the fact. There were no holier-than-thou terms to this process.

For the record, we're told the agency has greenlighted other dog adoptions with young children in the house -- the "kids" in question here are 12 and 13.

Also, we've learned the deal was that the info on microchip in the dog's neck was supposed to be updated with Ellen's information. That was never done. That's why when the police checked the chip, the dog was still registered to Mutts and Moms.


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Hey Susan!

You need to get a grip! Those people went way to far when they ripped the dog out of that home. You're right when they say they want these animals to go to good homes. Well, the dog was in a good home, with loving children who fell in love with it. That agency should have just checked and made sure the home was fit instead of storming in like Nazis and taking the dog away. They are crazy with power and they owe Ellen an appology and they should return the dog to the girls ASAP!!!

2565 days ago

Only swim in the Ocean    

What happened to Ellen's three other dogs she had on her show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
WHRE ARE THEY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ELLEN

answer that question Ellen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2565 days ago


Hey Number 6,

I'm going to boycot MUTTS and MOMS. They are crazy!!!! I love that Ellen is doing what's she doing. I once got a dog from another "loving" agency, and when it killed my cat, they said I should get over it and keep the dog. IT KILLED MY CAT!!! These adoption agencies are power hungry.

Thanks for the info to reach Ellen. I am going to call and thank her!

2565 days ago


Really funny these people took all that money from Ellen..This is insane..2 little girls that really loved that dog and bonded with him..Is Mutts and Moms thinking about all this money they are going to make off this dog once they put him back up for adoption?..Something to think about...

2565 days ago

Only swim in the Ocean    

I am going to complain about Ellen using her status to bully a dog rescue agency. People please do the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boycott Ellen and let the producers know how you feel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ph. 212-664-8857

By email.

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Posted at 11:20PM on Oct 1

2565 days ago

D H    

All this time used crying and whining could be used to VOLUNTEER at a Animal Shelter, all you stars in the eyes couch potatoes need to get a life. She is right it is her fault and get off the boob tube with the dramatics. The Rescue is run like most reputable ones are, don't want the pet for whatever reason you return it. We are the ones that VOLUNTEER and put our time and money where are mouths are. Ellen should have gotten Cesar to help, she can certainly afford it. All the naysayers wouldn't lift a finger to rescue, pay and rehome a pet. The whole thing is ridiculous and just because Ellen and TMZ says it's a loving home, so what, is TMZ dog experts, we know Ellen isn't, she dumped the dog on someone else, ripped it from the little girl, oh brother, again enough of the theatrics!

2565 days ago


Ridiculous. I thought their primary goal was to place dogs in loving homes? All the negative press will hurt them. Idiotic move. Go Ellen!

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2565 days ago


Hey everyone just use the contact info for Ellen's show to email, write and call to voice your SUPPORT for her in her efforts to get the dog that was stolen from it's home back to where he belongs. And then contacts Mutts and Moronic Moms at:

Mailing address:
PO Box 50393
Pasadena, CA 91115


They are doing a disservice to animals and to people who have ever considered adopting from a "rescue". THIS IS ONE REASON WHY PEOPLE BUY FROM PUPPY BREEDERS! Once the dog is purchased, it doesn't have any strings attached. YES if Iggy was in a bad home the contract should be enforced but these people who are using this dog and those children in order to get themselves publicity and spout off their beliefs about their "cause" will NOT accomplish what they want. I HOPE THEY ARE DRIVEN INTO THE GROUND!!!

But UNLESS YOU EMAIL THEM AND WRITE THEM, to make clear how SICKENING and WRONG it is to STEAL pets from children, they might just love all this free publicity. But they need to pay for the publicity in the form of LOSING THEIR DONORS and making sure NOBODY ever adopts from them again!!!

2565 days ago


It's So Obvious, at this point, that "Mutts & Moms" is just doing this out of Spite... all it's going to do is come back and bite them.

2565 days ago

Julie G.    

For #6 comment,
You are nut!!! Ellen has been in animal rights for 20 years. I have worked some for Amanda Foundation back then, I have seen the celebrities come in to do the dirt work and walk the dogs. Not all celebrities pass it to get the top status!!! I can tell Ellen is not using it. She made a human mistake only and to show that it is important to read the contract. But however, I feel Mutts and Moms did not handle it well and left difficult things that girls don't understand about except loving Iggy. As an animal foster mom, I disgaree the method as what Mutts and Moms used. They gave us a bad name Thanks to Mutts and Mom!

2565 days ago


I guess what really upsets me is that our society has gone down hill so far that we can't even be held accountable to own and rase our own animals and are willing to pay people to herd us over the cliff
There is one thing that is going to come from this and that is just how legal and binding these contracts are

2565 days ago


Mutts & Moms is really digging a hole for themselves. What a bunch of impulsive, immature, borderline personality nut jobs.

The owners, Marina Batkis and Vanessa Chekroun, say they won't give the dog to the family. Marina said "She doesn't think this is the type of family that should have the dog. She is adamant that she is not going to be bullied around by the Ellen DeGenereses of the world ... They are using their power, position and wealth to try to get what it is they want."

What a wack job. Ellen tried to do the right thing, seems to me, and M&M is the one 'using their power.' Not only that, their California corporation filing has been suspended:

Someone do an audit.

2565 days ago


I am calling my accountant in the morning and donating a large amount of money to Mutts and Moms to counteract all this hateful nonsense. If Ellen cared so much about animals she wouldn't be using the media in this shameful way.

I dislike celebrities who think the rules do not apply to themselves.

2565 days ago


Post #29 - "I am calling my accountant in the morning and donating a large amount of money to Mutts and Moms to counteract all this hateful nonsense. "

LOL! You do that.

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