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Gerard Butler -- Pug You

8/26/2009 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gerard ButlerWe now have the poop on the Gerard Butler dog attack that occurred Monday afternoon in New York.

Here's the lowdown -- Gerard was walking his female pug Lolita when a woman with a greyhound sauntered by. We're told the greyhound attacked the pug, biting it twice. At the time of the attack, the greyhound was on a leash, but the pug wasn't. Score one for the greyhound.

But here's the deal: Butler quickly put his dog on a leash and began walking away, when the woman followed him -- greyhound in tow -- and the larger dog went in for a 3rd bite. We're told Butler blunted the potential bite by pushing the dog's snout away from his pooch.

The woman went to the cops alleging animal cruelty and we're told they got a good laugh out of it. As for Butler, he spent 3 and a half hours at the vet's office with his pug. The pug is OK.

Sources close to the situation gave us the following statement: "Bitches always seem to get Gerard in trouble."

As if he needs it, the story will only help Butler score more chicks.

UPDATE: TMZ spoke to the owner of the greyhound, who told us she's not after money and she's not going to file a lawsuit. However, she did want to say this about Gerard -- "He's a pompous son of a bitch."

UPDATE #2: The greyhound owner's dog tells a different story -- sources close to the situation tell TMZ she claimed Butler's unleashed pug charged after the greyhound. When she told Butler that his dog should be on a leash, the woman claims Gerard fired off a few expletives.


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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

Aww I love Pug's! :D I want to get one and name it Saul.. from Pineapple Express ;)

1884 days ago

Michael J    

Spell check please. lol

1884 days ago

mrez golucky    


1884 days ago


Pugs are the greatest dogs! They are all heart and love. I have two pugs and they would befriend a burglar because that's the pug disposition. Good for Gerard Butler and the cops who didn't let the lady make an issue out of something that was her own fault!!

1884 days ago


Stupid biotch. He should have punched her in her snout.

1884 days ago

Real American    

First of all, anybody who knows anything about dogs knows that if you have one dog off leash and one on leash, the one on the leash will be defensive since it is at a disadvantage. If Butler's dog had been on a leash, none of this would have happened. Second, anything's possible, but if you know greyhounds, you know they're about the most mellow breed there is. It's possible a prey drive kicked in, with the smaller dog there coming at him, but mostly greyhounds are non-aggressive. The fact that Butler leashed his dog and walked away shows pretty clearly he knew he was at fault, even though his dog was bitten. I'd be very surprised if there's not a leash law in NYC, so the other owner probably followed to ream him out for breaking the law. Another star who believes the laws, even the laws of common sense and animal behavior, don't apply to them.

1884 days ago


What do you expect? It's a dog eat dog world after all.

1884 days ago


i don,t believe butler.greyhounds are the most peaceful and calm of all dogs, thats a he doesnt even have his dog on a didn,t have control of the situation because you are arrogant leash law prevents this type of encounter......

1884 days ago


While I agree with Bobby that there is probably a leash law and that it seemed Gerard knew he was at least partially at fault by just leashing and walking away, I don't agree that this definitely wouldn't not have happened if the dogs were both leashed. I also don't agree that this woman had the right to walk after him. Unless she was a cop out walking her greyhound, which she was obviously not as she WENT to the cops later, it's not her job to enforce the law. The 3rd (almost) bite was definitely her fault.

1884 days ago


To Bobby:

Yes it DEFINITELY would NEVER have happened, because two dogs on leashes have never, ever snapped at each other. Btw, the dogs went in for a third bite, and the pug was on a leash by that point. By your logic that shouldn't have happened.

1884 days ago

Real American    

I also like that Butler "walks" his dog but the non-celeb "saunters." Way to steer this story, TMZ. And is it any shock to learn that cops laugh at the notion of holding a celebrity accountable? Butler breaks the law, getting his dog injured in the process, obviously more attentive to his image than the safety of the dog, and the cops laugh about it.

1884 days ago

Linda Mott    

I hope his pup is ok, but he should have had him on a leash to begin with.

1884 days ago


I'm a dog walker and it drives me nuts when people let their dogs off-leash on the street. Some of the dogs I walk are aggressive towards other dogs. I can keep good control of them, unless some off-leash dog comes right up to them with an owner saying "don't worry he's friendly". Great, mine isn't, and if yours was on a leash I'd easily be able to keep my dog away from yours.

I'll bet anything that Butler's Pug ran up to the Greyhound and startled him, causing the Greyhound to get upset and defend himself. Now the Greyhound's owner may be overreacting, but it sure sounds like Butler is primarily to blame.

1884 days ago

Perro Loco    

Gerard needs to be leashed along with his dog.

1884 days ago

Real American    

If all dogs were kept on leash in public places, it would prevent probably 90% of dog bites, and almost 100% of dogs being killed by cars. Maybe your dog listens to you 99 times out of a hundred. It's that hundredth time that can cost your dog its life or injury to another dog, or another person, even a child. This macho bit of "my dog will do what I tell him to" is immature posturing.

1884 days ago
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