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9/11 Last Known Rescue Dog Dies

6/7/2016 12:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0607-911-dog-Bretagne-getty-02Bretagne, the 16-year-old golden retriever hailed as the last of the 9/11 search dogs, has died.

Bretagne was euthanized Monday, according to firefighters in Houston ... where she had been a founding member of the K9 Search & Rescue Team.

She put up some true hero stats over her career. As part of Texas Task Force 1, she and handler Denise Corliss spent days searching through Ground Zero for trapped victims. Bretagne also pitched in on rescue efforts during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

She left active duty at 10, but continued serving as a community ambassador.

Bretagne was given a hero's salute on her last walk into the vet's office and her body was draped with an American Flag on the way out. 

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard A Dog House Divided

5/27/2016 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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We've solved the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard dog mystery.

We now know each owned one dog, which is why the judge only referenced Amber's dog in Friday's court order. 

You'll recall the pooches made headlines a year ago when they smuggled the two Yorkies into Australia. Amber could have gone to prison, but ended up doing a PSA on why smuggling is a bad idea and they got off scot-free.

Turns out it was a blended family. Amber owns Pistol and Johnny owns Boo. When Amber went to court asking for her domestic violence restraining order -- which she got -- she also asked for an order requiring Johnny to stay clear of Pistol. The judge declined, saying Pistol was in no real danger.

We're told Amber is in possession of both dogs because Johnny's out of town, but she'll happily give him Boo when he returns.

NFL's Whitney Mercilus My Beloved Dogs Are Missing ... May Have Been Taken

5/27/2016 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus is desperately trying to find his missing dogs, Rocky and Princess ... and says he's concerned they may have been taken. 

Mercilus says his beloved pets -- a German shepherd and a yorkshire terrier-chihuahua mix -- got out of a gated area at his Houston area home Thursday while he was at football practice. 

WM has been asking the public for help ... and says he's already gotten a few leads.

The most promising tip ... witnesses say a white landscaper truck with blue lettering was spotted picking up the dogs in his neighborhood and putting them in the back of the ride. He's doing everything he can to track down the truck. 

Whitney is begging anyone with information to help out -- "I would love for them to be back home safe and sound."

If you know anything, Whitney asks that you please contact his P.R. team at 832-455-0078.

Mally Mall Furious Over Dead Exotic Cat Pic

5/27/2016 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-mally-mal-cat-twitter-launch-01Mally Mall is pissed Clark County tweeted a pic of his dead exotic cat with laughing emojis ... mocking the tragic situation.

TMZ broke the story ... the rapper/producer lost his pet caracal, Nyla, Thursday in a house fire. Shortly after the fire, the Clark County official Twitter page posted a pic of the dead cat. But that's not all ... the tweet included the "laughing so hard you cry" emoji. 

The county deleted the tweet within minutes and apologized for using the "wrong emojis." It appears they intended to use the "crying" emoji.

Still, we're told Mally's furious and says it's totally insensitive and an invasion of his privacy. It's still unclear what started the blaze. 

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Mally Mall Exotic Cat Dies In House Fire

5/26/2016 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-launch-mally-mall-house-fireMally Mall just lost one of his most beloved exotic animals in a house fire. 

Sources close to the producer tell TMZ one of his exotic cats was found unresponsive Thursday after crews contained the blaze. We're told a neighbor called 911 after they saw flames coming from his two-story Vegas home.

A neighbor tells us the fire started in a closet near his master bedroom. At this time it's unclear what started the blaze and how much damage was done.

We're told the producer is devastated over losing the animal. 

Mally's known as an animal collector -- with pit bulls, snakes, turtles and wild cats -- he once gifted Justin Bieber a monkey.

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Lady Gaga Me and the Horse I Rode In On

5/23/2016 1:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0523_lady_gaga_Horse_smoothie_X17Lady Gaga found a ride more eco-friendly than a Prius on her way to grab a smoothie in Malibu. 

Gaga ditched 4 wheels for her 4 legged white horse, a gift she got last Christmas from her music label, Interscope.

She's saving on gas, but the cleanup really stinks. 

LSU's Tiger Beloved Mascot Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

5/23/2016 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0523_mike_the_tiger_gettyLSU's beloved Siberian-Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer ... and vets believe he only has 2 years to live ... school officials announced. 

The 10-year-old tiger has been receiving treatment from a team of specialists ever since his caretakers noticed a tumor on his face earlier this month.  

Officials say Mike has spindle cell sarcoma -- which is unlikely to spread to other areas of his body ... but it's a fatal condition nonetheless.   

LSU says Mike is receiving the best care possible -- and they've already drawn up a battle plan to make sure Mike lives out his final days as comfortably as possible. Without treatment, officials say Mike would only have 1 to 2 months to live.  

Mike has been the official live mascot of LSU since 2007 -- and famously debuted at the legendary LSU vs Florida game ... when the Tigers defeated Tim Tebow's Gators. 

Jillian Michaels My Neighbor's Dogs Are A Real Bitch

5/17/2016 4:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-jillian-michaels-tmz-02Jillian Michaels has a real issue with her neighbor's pooches ... and it's gotten so bad she's called in the big guns to fix it.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jillian's been in a fight with her Malibu next-door neighbor for months. We're told Jillian recently filed a complaint with animal control, saying the neighbor's dogs are a total menace ... charging her fence, bothering her dogs and scaring her kids and horses too. 

Animal control made a visit to Jillian's place last month but didn't see any cause for concern. They also checked the fence line for any breaks, but saw no problem.

At this point ... our sources say the feud's little more than "she said, he said" so animal control will continue to monitor the situation, but no disciplinary action's been taken yet. 

Ryan Gosling I Drive Bitches Wild

5/13/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0513-ryan-gosling-dog-love-SPLASH-01Ryan Gosling's so ridiculously good looking he mesmerizes chicks of all species.  

The new papa showed some love Thursday to a Labrador Retriever that greeted him outside "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Looked like they were both into the show of affection -- although Ryan wasn't the one with his ass in the air.

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'Orphan' Star Help, Famously Creepy Kid Stuck in Elevator!

4/20/2016 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42016-isabelle-fuhrmanFirefighters ran into kind of a nightmare while rescuing a teenager from an elevator ... since she's the same girl who scared the crap out of people in the horror movie, "Orphan." 

Isabelle Fuhrman was trapped Monday evening in an apartment building elevator ... and L.A. City Fire Department rushed to the rescue. When they got the doors open they came face-to-face with the actress who played creepy little Esther ... and her dog, Jennings.

Of course, she wasn't in costume and she's 19 now ... so none of the firefighters had to change their shorts. After the rescue, Isabelle tweeted, "When the fire department has to save you from your elevator ... thank you #LAFD." 

Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Bizarre Video Apology Gets 'Em Off the Hook in Dog Case

4/18/2016 6:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard ended Australia's "war on terrier" by striking a plea deal that required them to record an awesomely awkward video apology.

Depp's wife pled guilty to falsifying immigration docs when they brought their 2 dogs into Aussie land last year. She failed to declare them which violated the country's strict quarantine laws.

Johnny and Amber appeared in a Sydney court Monday morning to enter her plea and submit a videotaped apology. Prosecutors dropped other charges, including illegal importation -- she could've gotten 10 years in prison for that one.

The best part of the deal though is their apology. We won't say it looks like a hostage situation, but ... it looks like a hostage situation.

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Cesar Millan Officially Cleared in Dog-Pig Attack

4/11/2016 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cesar Millan's off the hook ... Animal Care and Control has wrapped its investigation and he will not be charged with animal cruelty for one of his trainee dogs attacking a pig. 

The 'Dog Whisperer' reacted to the news, saying ... "Just like LA County Animal Control, my team and I are 100% dedicated to the proper care of all animals, including the farm pig in this case."

Sources told TMZ weeks ago, the D.A. would not charge Cesar. As we reported, he'd been under fire for the video that showed the dog bite a pig's ear during a training session.

The D.A.'s Office says it was "nothing more than an accident," the injury to the pig was minimal, and it was treated by a vet immediately. Bottom line: the whole matter was handled appropriately.

Cesar maintains his training procedures are "safe and humane."

'Gigolos' Star Brace I'm Definitely Not Hooked on Monkeys

4/8/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0805_Brace-and-the-monkey_tmz_wm_MAINA very famous gigolo just learned a very important lesson ... monkeys are way harder to control than chicks.

Brace, one of the stars of "Gigolos," was in the market for a pet after his beloved dog Zeus passed. Fate connected him with Mikey the monkey ... it was an instant disaster.

Mikey went on a tear, breaking drinking glasses, running his tiny motorized car into a family heirloom vase and violently yanking Brace's sister's hair. 

3 strikes and the monkey was out. It could have been a financial disaster. He paid just shy of $5k, but the seller had given Brace a 1 week trial period and it took way less time for him to demand a refund.

If you're still curious, Mikey makes an appearance on an upcoming show. But you know, curiosity killed the cat ... which is good because if it didn't Mikey would have done it. 

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