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Alanis Morissette

My Housekeeper's

A Dog-Gone Thief

3/6/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Alanis Morissette claims her housekeeper stole her precious pooch out of revenge and she and her husband are both heartbroken and PISSED.

Alanis' husband, Mario Treadway, filed a lawsuit ... claiming he and Alanis found a stray, 10 lb Chihuahua/Pug mix roaming the streets back in May, 2011.  Mario says they did the right thing and took the dog to an animal shelter but no one came to retrieve it.

So Alanis and Mario adopted the pugnacious pooch, which they named Circus.

All was fine until January, when they fired their housekeeper (in rich people's lingo they call it "House Manager"), Maria Garcia.

According to the lawsuit -- filed in L.A. County Superior Court -- Maria wanted Circus as part of her severance, because they claim she had the dog and refused to return it.  Maria sent an email to their business manager saying she wanted "ownership" of Circus.  Apparently Maria grew attached to the dog because she took care of it while Alanis and her hubby were on the road a lot.

Now Alanis and Mario are out for blood.  They're suing Maria, asking for more than $25K and they want the judge to order the return of the dog.

UN-FUN FACT:  Under California law dogs are considered property ... so an individual dog is almost never considered so special that a judge would order its return ... the only remedy is money.  And that's a sad dog tail.



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She should lose the dog just because of naming it Circus.

201 days ago


She should hire someone to steal it back. Since it is hers anyway.

201 days ago


That's terrible! I hope they somehow get Circus back.

201 days ago


Wait what? A dog is considered property so a judge wouldn't order it's return? That makes no sense.

201 days ago


So order the stolen property to be returned! Dognapper! I do hope nobody with animals ever hires this person.

201 days ago


Your assessment of property and animal law is incorrect. The dog was adopted from the city shelter. It therefore has a microchip in the name of the adopter. They can file a police report and get their stolen property returned. They don't even have to sue them in civil court. This is a criminal matter.

201 days ago

paul a.    

Under California law dogs are considered property.....
Is there any state where that is not the case? If so, what are they considered to be?

201 days ago

bring back recent posts    

Jagged Little Pill............BEST EVER!

201 days ago


If a dog is considered property by the court then she has to return the dog since it's their property. I guess they'll have to break into her home and steal the dog back. Then the court will say they own the dog.

201 days ago


The dog should be with the person who loved and took care of it - the housekeeper. If the dog meant all that, Alanis would have taken the dog with her at least part time. Take the dog back for what? So it can spend its time with another housekeeper? WTH??

201 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Are there still people who would find it exciting to have this woman to go on them in a movie theatre?

201 days ago


Sadly the laws in this country are not in favor of protecting animals or their rights. The laws need to be changed! If the housekeeper has the dog and the dog is "alive" it's still considered property and it must be returned to its true owner otherwise the "thief" can be hit will all sorts of criminal charges including a felony.

201 days ago


If Alanis did not register the micrchip yet, she must dig up her adoption papers and register the chip...then call the police. It's stolen property. She must value the dog for cost of adoption and all vet bills, food to make sure it's grand theft. Maria could end up in jail if police have to go and get the dog. If she's not legal, she'll be deported.

201 days ago


Maria Garcia. That's an original name.

201 days ago


Isn't this another issue between Alanis and a housekeeper?

201 days ago
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