"Meet the Parents" star Teri Polo has a house full of pets -- seven of the critters -- and while we're sure she loves 'em in her own way ... she just told the world they ain't worth jack.
We broke the story ... Teri's more than $700K in the hole to the IRS, so she filed for bankruptcy earlier this year -- and now she's taking inventory of her assets in new documents ... obtained by TMZ.
First, the sorta good news: Teri's assets include a 2012 Prius worth $16,800, jewelry worth $1,700, and some office equipment worth $225. Like we said ... sorta good.
Now the sad news: she also lists her 4 dogs and 3 cats as assets, but values them at a whopping ZERO dollars. She could be pulling an Aaron Carter -- who did the same thing last year claiming he didn't want creditors to liquidate his pooch.
Or maybe she just thinks they're worthless.
Terri's optimistic though ... she's hauled in $141K this year, and made more than $300K last year. In the docs, she lists her ability to continue working and earning residuals as her best asset.
Someone really needs a fresh 'Focker.'
'Snake Salvation' Preacher
But Jesus Saved Him ... Says Wife
5/28/2014 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Snake Salvation" pastor Cody Coots suffered a gnarly snakebite -- just like his preacher father who died from a rattler's bite -- but Coots' wife tells TMZ her husband survived by the grace of God.
The venomous canebrake rattler sank its fangs into Coots' finger on Monday as he was taking the snake out of a cage in his Middlesboro, KY church.
Cody's wife Brittany tells us ... her husband's hand swelled up pretty badly, but he refused to get medical treatment. She says the pain went away by Tuesday, and he seems to be fine now.
When Coots' father Jamie was bitten while preaching back in February he also refused treatment ... and died.
Brittany calls Cody's incident a miracle, telling us ... "Jesus saved Cody. The Lord spared his life."
Attack Dog Euthanized
5/25/2014 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources at the Bakersfield animal shelter tell TMZ ... Scrappy was euthanized at the end of a 10-day hold following the attack. We're told the dog was aggressive during his stay at the shelter, even trying to bite a couple of employees.
Scrappy was so ornery ... we're told he would try to attack staff even when they tried to give him food and water.
RIP Scrappy ... you made a cat a hero.
Has Trouble Controlling
Her Little Monster
5/23/2014 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A pantsless Lady Gaga took her new French Bulldog Asia for a stroll yesterday outside her Winnipeg, Manitoba hotel ... and seemed to have a hard time getting the cute pup to walk.
Not everyone obeys Gaga's wishes.
Hero Cat's Owner
My Pussycat Ain't Selling Thongs
5/18/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hero Cat is on the attack again, but instead of a dog ... this time she's taking down a thong bearing her now famous nickname.
The owners of Tara -- aka Hero Cat -- tell us a friend of theirs opened a web store to help them capitalize on the national craze, but they had no idea the gear would include a thong with a paw right over the kitty zone.
Erica Triantafilo says she was shocked to see "Hero Cat" slapped on lingerie because she feels it's a bad example for kids -- so she went on a panty raid ... shutting down not only the thongs, but the whole online shop by Friday afternoon.
Erica tells us she wasn't keen on the idea of selling the clothes to begin with -- and adds they're not looking to cash in on Tara's heroism ... unless it's for charity.
George W. Bush's Dog
Miss Beazley Dies
After Battling Cancer
5/17/2014 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George W. Bush's Scottish terrier Miss Beazley was put to sleep Saturday ... after doctors said the cancer she had been fighting finally got the best of her.
Bush's office announced the death this afternoon ... saying the dog was a "source of joy" for the family during the ex-Prez's time in Washington and Dallas.
Bush gave the dog to his wife Laura as a birthday present while he was in office ... and M.B. was featured in a video the White House made in '05 called, "A Very Beazley Christmas."
Miss Beazley was almost 10.
Hero Cat Owner
Family Will Not Sue Dog Owners
5/16/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
12:10 PM PT -- Tara's owners were just on TMZ Live ... and explained why they're not suing their neighbors. They also talked about Jeremy's recovery from the attack.
You gotta see the kid ... he's cute as hell.
The owners of the dog that mauled the boy who was miraculously saved by his cat have just gotten away with metaphorical murder ... because they'll have to pay next to nothing and they've dodged a lawsuit.
Erica and Roger Triantafilo tell TMZ ... their insurance will cover almost the entire medical bill, so the only thing they want from the dog owners is the deductible -- $155!!!
The attack -- now seen 'round the world -- could have turned into a wrongful death case were it not for the pet cat, Tara, which chased the dog away. As it stands, the injuries little Jeremy suffered were serious. And Erica tells us ... she too was bit on the leg as she tried to save her son.
Erica says her family is not looking to punish their neighbors. In fact, she says they're still friends.
As for the dog ... it will be destroyed.
Everyone Wants a Piece ...
She's So So Fancy
5/15/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
To Throw Out First Pitch
at Minor League Baseball Game
5/15/2014 12:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hero Cat -- the feline who fought off a ferocious dog to protect a child -- is gettin' called up to the minors ... and will THROW OUT the first pitch at a minor league baseball game next week ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The Bakersfield Blaze -- the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds -- has reached out to the cat's people hoping to get Tara (that's her name) to make the ceremonial first pitch at a game next week.
A rep for the team tells us ... the owner of the cat ACCEPTED THE OFFER ... and Tara (along with the boy she saved) will take the mound to throw out the first pitch on May 20th.
Unclear who will actually throw the ball (hopefully the cat!!) ... but we'll be sure to post the footage as soon as it goes down.
Call the Groomer ...
Cover Photo Shoot in Works
5/15/2014 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hero Cat is suddenly the Kate Upton of the pet world -- getting offers to appear on magazine covers and receive some fancy awards ... TMZ has learned.
Hero -- real name Tara -- became an Internet superstar thanks to that awesome video of her rescuing her owner's young boy from a vicious dog attack ... and now Cat Fancy (aka feline Vogue) wants a piece of her.
A rep for Cat Fancy mag tells us they desperately want Tara on an upcoming cover -- and they're even sweetening the offer ... to let her owners write an article to go with the photo spread.
And there's this ... Cat Fanciers' Association says it plans to present Tara with its first-ever Cat Hero Award at its upcoming awards show. Tara's owners haven't respond to either offer yet.
Hero Cat ... one badass bitch.
Cat Saves Boy
From Vicious Dog Attack
YA GOTTA SEE THIS!!!
5/14/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:34 AM PT -- We're told the dog was picked up Tuesday by animal control -- in an extremely aggressive state -- and a decision has been made to euthanize the animal.
Let's be honest, most cats don't do squat, but this feline from Bakersfield,CA is the exception ... after it ran to the aid of a young boy being attacked by a dog ... and scared the vicious animal away. MEOW!!!!
Check out this surveillance video from Tuesday afternoon ... you can see the boy riding his bike in front of the home when the dog comes around from behind an SUV and drags the boy off his tricycle by his leg.
The dog wrestles with the boy's leg for just a few moments until the HERO CAT comes flying in ... knocking the dog off the boy before chasing the canine away.
The boy's parents say he needed a few stitches after the attack (you can see his injuries below) but overall, he's doing fine. According to local reports, the dog belonged to a neighbor and is now under investigation.
Tyga Music Video
Features Major Junk, a Trunk
And One Helluva Waterfall
4/30/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Swamp People' Star
Dead at 13
From Heart Failure
4/28/2014 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
All dogs go to Heaven ... and now one more rambunctious canine has checked into the big puppy bowl in the sky -- Tyler the Swamp dog.
Tyler's owner Janet Mitchell -- "Swamp People" star Bruce Mitchell's wife -- says the dog's heart gave out around 1 am Monday morning after a 3-year battle with congestive heart failure.
Bruce buried the swamp dog in his yard not long after ... alongside other deceased pets.
Hug your loved ones for Tyler and eat a zebra cake.