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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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looks like she stole katie holmes's legs. pretty damn ghastly.

169 days ago

Yurra Knutz    

Isn't it ironic?

169 days ago

Omar Gimenez    

Alanis and husband. Gave the dog to their house manager, who has been taking care of the dog for a year,
at their own home, then they fired the house manager
and out of spite now want the dog back, they love the
dog and do not want to give it back to these uncaring
people who couldn't be bothered to take care of their own. Dog, until it suited them.

169 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

"...And I've got one hand on my dog's leash..."

169 days ago


ewwwww...eye bleach please!

169 days ago


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.
Who wrote this? If the dog is considered properly, then since it was stolen, the judge would have to order the animal to be given back and possible jail time.

Paying money as suggested is nothing more than paying ransom money for the dog. Or did I misread that last statement.?

169 days ago


Quite possibly the worst singing voice ever.

169 days ago

Choade McPooter    

Larry David can get the truth... People confide in him.

169 days ago


Show us your doggie Style lol

169 days ago

boo boo    

Possession is 9/10 of the law. Why would they fire her while she has possession of the dog? Shoulda got the dog back first, THEN fired her. Kinda dumb on their part.

169 days ago

just because    


169 days ago

just because    

i am so glad shavonne is still alive...i :( litterally :)

169 days ago

just because    

haven't watched tmz live on tv cuz i wake up at 5pm

169 days ago

just because    

so tmz sports is my new joint

169 days ago

just because    

i literally havent seen harv in 11 months

169 days ago
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