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NFL's Terrence Cody Released From Jail Early ... In Starving Dog Case

9/24/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921-terrence-cody-getty-01The ex-NFL player who starved his dog to death has been released from a Baltimore jail 3 months early ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Terrence Cody -- who last played for the Baltimore Ravens -- was sentenced to 9 months behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges back in March. 

Prosecutors said the 28-year-old didn't feed his Canary mastiff for up to ten weeks. They also said the dog was kept in a crate that was never cleaned. 

According to a rep for the jail, Cody was released on September 21st. He was given 88 days credit for working and good behavior.

The judge also gave him 18 months probation. During that time, he's not allowed to own any animals.

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Steve-O Says SeaWorld ... F*** You!!!

9/19/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Steve-O's been protesting SeaWorld for a long time, and one thing remains clear ... he still hates them.

We got the "Jackass" star at LAX ... he's ecstatic about California outlawing orca breeding and captivity programs, and says he's stoked killer whale shows are coming to an end, too. 

Steve-O knows there are still problems, though ... and has some final words of advice for SeaWorld on how they can fix them.

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Harambe Forever Memorialized ... By Stoners

9/17/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0916-harambe-weed-budder-01Harambe's legacy lives on ... thanks to potheads.

The gorilla that was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo back in May now has his own marijuana wax -- Harambe OG.

The wax -- a THC concentrate similar to hash -- was created for Natural Remedies, a Colorado dispensary.

The lab manager who made the wax tells us he was blanking on a name, but became inspired by the products in the mix -- Gorilla Glue #4, Deadhead OG and Angel OG. 

Gorilla + Dead + Angel. Ergo, Harambe.

Harambe OG was just released this week, and it's already selling like hotcakes.

#hash

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Lewis Hamilton Stalks Live Tiger ... Survives!

9/9/2016 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton came thiiiiis close to being A TIGER'S LUNCH -- when he sneaked up on the animal from behind ... and it was all caught on video. 

Hamilton was south of the border at the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation when he decided to roll the dice and creep up on a big cat named Nicole ... just for laughs. 

Fortunately for Lewis, Nicole didn't exactly react like the apex predator she is ... but as Siegfried and Roy learned the hard way DON'T MESS WITH TIGERS!!! 

 

Baylor Football Player Suspended 3 Games ... For Dog Beating Video

8/30/2016 2:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0830-ishmael-zamora-getty-01Baylor sophomore receiver Ishmael Zamora has been handed a 3 game suspension, community service, and counseling after an animal abuse incident in June ... TMZ Sports has learned.

"Our football program does not condone this behavior by anyone," Baylor interim Head Coach Jim Grobe said. "We are deeply saddened by it and have worked together with the University to hold Ishmael accountable for his actions."

Along with the suspension, Zamora "must undergo counseling and must relinquish the dog to an animal-friendly home," according to a statement released by Baylor.

A gruesome video showing the incident surfaced on the internet earlier this month, sparking outrage from animal rights group PETA.

0823-sub-ishmael-zamora-video-5"We have received communications about this incident from many passionate individuals over the past 10 days, and I am aware of their concerns," Grobe said.

"Our goal is for this discipline to be educational and restorative, and I believe that we have taken corrective measures to help Ishmael learn from his actions and better understand the behavior we demand of all students at the University."

Ishmael accepts the punishment, and vows that the incident "will never, ever, happen again."

"I truly love my dog, however, I know that my actions showed differently and I know that I made a big mistake."

Baylor Football Player PETA Demands Drug Tests, Counseling ... After Dog Abuse Vid

8/23/2016 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-ishmael-zamora-peta-getty-03PETA has declared WAR on the scumbag Baylor football player who beat up his dog -- calling for an immediate steroids test, claiming increased testosterone may have contributed to his violent rage.  

Sophomore wide receiver Ishmael Zamora has been under serious fire ever since footage surfaced from June showing him mercilessly whipping and kicking a small dog.  

0823-sub-Ishmael-Zamora-video-2Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe has said Zamora will be disciplined for his actions -- but the exact punishment is unclear. 

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are asking the school and the court system to drop the hammer. 

"PETA is calling for drug testing, since testosterone is particularly aggression-inducing, as well as psychiatric counseling and anger management, for everyone's sake, at his own expense," Stephanie Bell tells TMZ Sports.

"And he should be suspended and banned from ever owning animals again."

Bell -- PETA's senior director of cruelty casework -- is also praising Baylor for "recognizing that this man's behavior is dangerous to animals and that such a violent outburst against a defenseless individual does not bode well for his future."

Zamora has reportedly sent his dog to live with relatives since the incident.

Britney Spears Raked in the Cash Spent a Fortune on Pets

8/5/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0804_britney_spears_composite_getty_tmzThe Britney Spears money train just keeps rolling along ... TMZ has learned.

Britney's conservatorship filed legal docs breaking down what she earned and what she spent in 2015, and it's a lot on both scores.

Britney made $13,395,410.53 during the 12 month period, mostly from her Vegas show. Britney made millions more for the shows, but a big chunk went for various expenses and taxes.

At the end of 2015, the docs show Britney had cash and property worth $51,141,000 ... around 5 million more than she had at the beginning of the year.

Now, how did she spend more than $8 mil? Beyond the obvious houses, cars and kids ... according to the docs, Britney also dropped $37,360 on pet care, $67,800 on massages, grooming and nails, $62,813 on wardrobe but only $537 on dry cleaning!

BTW ... the documents only reveal a portion of Britney's wealth. There are millions more in various trusts.

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Busch Gardens Flamingo Park Visitor Busted For Deadly Attack

8/3/2016 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0803-pinky-flamingo-busch-gardensPinky the flamingo -- one of the biggest draws at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay -- had to be euthanized after a man allegedly got into the bird's enclosure and slammed it to the ground.

The Orlando man reportedly reached into the famous dancing flamingo's pen Tuesday night. Busch Gardens security detained the suspect until police arrived. He was booked for felony animal cruelty.

The theme park released a statement saying it was forced to euthanize Pinky due to her injuries. Pinky was 19, and one helluva dancer.

#RIP

Tyga Expensive Pet Tiger Ain't MY Problem Now

8/2/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-tyga-and-maverick-the-tiger-TMZ-01Tyga is nothing but a deadbeat dad to the tiger he illegally owned ... at least in the eyes of the sanctuary that's now racking up HUGE costs to care for the animal.

The big cat's now called Maverick and it's living at Lions, Tigers & Bears non-profit rescue in So Cal, but the staff tells us Tyga's never made any effort to help out with his care.

Founder and director Bobbi Brink tells TMZ ... it costs more than $10k a year just to feed a 500lb tiger like Maverick, plus there are vet costs, flea control and general maintenance. She says they rely on public donations to cover costs.

We're told the rapper hasn't so much as said thanks to the facility. You'll recall, Tyga faced criminal charges for having the exotic pet. He eventually surrendered it to animal control, which transferred the tiger to LT&B.

Law enforcement tells us Tyga effectively dodged the charges because they couldn't track him down when he moved. The good news ... Maverick looks like he's doing just fine.

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Johnny Manziel Puppies and Josh Gordon The New Dawg Pound

7/25/2016 9:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Days after meeting with Roger Goodell about reinstatement to the NFL ... Josh Gordon spent the weekend kickin' it with his old teammate, Johnny Manziel.

The two played with puppies at what appears to be Manziel's pad -- a place with a ping-pong table, video games and people hangin' out on the couch.

We're told Johnny has been training and is still focused on an NFL comeback. Sources connected to Gordon tell us he's also been working out like a maniac. 

Let's hope for both their sakes they both stayed sober that night. 

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Paul Wall My New Pup's Getting Grillz

7/24/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0722-main-paul-wall-instagram-01Paul Wall's next trip to the jewelry store won't be for himself ... it'll be for his brand new English bulldog puppy. 

Paul tells TMZ he jumped at the opportunity to adopt the 12-week-old pooch when his friend's dog had a litter. He says his kids, Noelle and William, had been pestering him for a dog, and he really wanted an English bulldog.

The rapper says the kids named the little guy, Champ. And who knew this was a thing ... but Paul says once the pup's teeth grow in, he's going to have him fitted for custom grillz.

Champ's already putting in work, modeling swag from Paul's companies.

Damn cute spokesman!

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Justin Bieber Warned By Authorities ... Stay Away from Exotic Cat Selfies

7/21/2016 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0721-justin-bieber-lion-cub-MAY-INSTAGRAM-01Justin Bieber just learned the hard way, you can't pose with big cats in the city of Toronto ... and if he does it again, there's gonna be some problems.  

In a letter -- obtained by TMZ -- the Toronto Animal Service informed Bieber they'd received complaints of him posing with a white lion cub backstage at a show in May and with a tiger at his dad's engagement party in April.

The TAS let Bieber know it's illegal to have any type of exotic cat within city limits ... and issued a stern warning for any future visits. They say taking pics with the animals is enough to have them seized.

If that wasn't enough ... PETA went after the Bowmanville Zoo -- which allegedly provided the animals -- saying, "No reputable animal-care facility lends out exotic animals for private parties and Instagram photos."

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Hayden Panettiere My Dog Sitter is a Dirty Dog

7/21/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0721-hayden-panettiere-dogs-twitter-tmz-01Hayden Panettiere claims the woman to whom she paid a queen's ransom for dog sitting services not only grossly overbilled her ... she gave her dogs away.

The dog fight began when Tia Brooks filed a lawsuit against Hayden for more than $8,500 for unpaid services.  

Hayden fired back with a letter from legal pit bull Marty Singer, who accused Tia of giving the 2 dogs away and then having the nerve to continue charging for her services.

Turns out Hayden rescued the 2 rescue pooches ... Zander, a Rottie/Lab mix, and Xena, a Lab/Pit Bull mix. The arrangement was Hayden would pay Tia $30 a day until Hayden could find a permanent home for the dogs.

Singer claims Tia put an ad on Craigslist last month, found a home but continued billing. Tia disputes it and says her bills were all legit.

Get this ... according to Singer's letter, Tia's been caring for the dogs for 6 years, charging a grand total of $119,335.88!!! As for how the bill got so high, Singer claims, in addition to the daily fee, Tia tacked on all sorts of extras, including dog bones, bug spray, tick control, dog beds and other stuff.

Tia tells us a big chunk of the money was for vet bills after one of the dogs got really sick.

It's expensive to be a dog in L.A. 

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