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Casey Anthony Loving Mother ... To Her Dog

7/14/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0714_casey_Anthony_dog_launchIt's been 5 years since her acquittal, and Casey Anthony's showing her loving, caring side again.

Casey's Yorkshire Terrier looked none the worse for wear after she picked it up from the groomer near her home in West Palm Beach.

Last Tuesday marked the anniversary of the day a jury found her not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Anthony adopted the Yorkie 4-and-a-half years ago.

Vanessa Bryant You Get the Bird, Kobe!

7/12/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Welcome to retired life for Kobe Bryant -- chasing wild animals out of his mansion ... at Vanessa's request.

The Bryants got an uninvited guest when a ferocious hummingbird flew into their Newport Beach palace, and V instructed Kobe to grab a broom and get the job done.

Check out the video -- she tries to encourage the Mamba to bust out his "hops" ... but hummingbirds are fast, bruh!

Lisa Vanderpump Attention Dogs ... It's Lisa to the Rescue!!!

7/9/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0706-lisa-vanderpump-ken-todd-tmz-01Lisa Vanderpump seems to be rejiggering her priorities ... because she's letting her TV career go to the dogs.

We found out Lisa and hubby Ken Todd are opening a dog rescue and adoption center in WeHo. They're locking down a location and plan to break ground in the next few months. We're told it will all be chronicled on 'RHOBH.'

We broke the story ... Lisa held out re-signing for 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' until producers agreed to showcase her work for the LGBT and animal rights communities.

She's becoming downright Oprah-ish. 

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'Stuff on Scout's Head' Dog Dead at 12

7/7/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0706_stuff_on_scouts_head_instagramScout -- the pitbull terrier who became a viral sensation for balancing just about anything on his head -- has gone where all dogs eventually go.

Scout's owner, Jen Gillen, tells TMZ the 12-year-old dog became extremely sick. He suffered from seizures and had a tumor removed. He also battled diabetes.

Jen tried keeping Scout alive, but it got to a point where he couldn't eat or drink, so he was euthanized last week.

RIP Scout, and say hi to God.

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World's Loneliest Dog Finds A Home ... Still Gonna Be A Movie Star

7/5/2016 10:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0705-michael-bay-freya-dog-TMZ-Freshfields-Animal-Rescue-01Michael Bay won't have to adopt the world's loneliest dog because she's got a new family.

Freya, a Staffordshire bull terrier, tugged at everyone's heartstrings after a report surfaced she'd been in a UK dog shelter for 6 years and passed up 18k times ... thus the nickname. Bay promised to give Freya a home -- and a role in the next 'Transformers' -- if no one adopted her.

Freshfields Animal Rescue Center says the adoption papers for Freya will be signed this week -- and the proud owners are a UK couple who already have two rescues.

Freshfields contacted Bay's office with the good news. They say Bay's pumped and still staying good on his word that Freya's got a role in 'Transformers.'

Talk about a happy ending.

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Joan Rivers No Kibble, Just Caviar ... Dog Bowl Fetches $14,000!!

6/23/2016 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0623-joan-rivers-christies-auction-spike-dog-bowl-01Joan Rivers turned someone's dog into a major baller ... 'cause Fido's gonna be drinking or eating out of a sterling silver dog bowl that mommy and daddy dropped $14k to get! 

The Tiffany and Co. bowl belonged to Joan's beloved Spike -- a Yorkie with caviar taste, we're guessing -- and it went for 5 figures during a Christie's auction of a bunch of Joan's stuff.  

The buyer, who might love their pet a little too much, is choosing to remain anonymous for now. Christie's thought the bowl would only get about $800. 

It hasn't been used in quite a while -- Spike died in 2001. He was 17. 

#RIP

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Dez Bryant Sued Allegedly Trashed Texas Mansion ... 'Trash, Feces, Odors'

6/22/2016 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0622-dez-bryant-tmz-02Dez Bryant has been sued for allegedly causing more than $60,000 in damage to a Texas home owned by a state senator ... a man who claims Bryant left the home littered in "trash and feces."

The man behind the lawsuit is Royce West -- a member of the Texas senate -- who says he rented out his 6,400 square foot 6 bed, 7.5 bath mansion to the Dallas Cowboys WR from 2013 to 2016. 

In the suit, West says Bryant was paying $4,720 per month ... and agreed to leave the home in good condition. 

0622_dez_bryant_house_launchBut West says ... when Bryant left the home in January, the place was a disaster ... "a state of serious disrepair."

In fact, West says the place was covered in "animal feces, trash, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting."

He says there were also "distinct and pervasive odors throughout" the home.

West says he was forced to undergo a MASSIVE cleanup to restore the home including: 

-- removing trash and furniture

-- repainting the entire residence 

-- cleaning, removing and replacing flooring and carpeting 

-- replacing the lighting and ceiling fans 

-- replacing windows and screens

-- replacing the home security system 

In the end, the repairs cost $61,546.77. 

BTW, this is the home where Dez famously lived with his pet monkey last year. Unclear if that explains the animal feces. 

West says he approached Bryant and his team and demanded the money for the repairs -- but Bryant threw up the X ... and never forked over the dough. 

West says he's been unable to rent the place out due to the damage and repair work -- and wants a TON of cash from Bryant ... somewhere between $100k and $200k. 

We reached out to Bryant's reps -- so far, no word back. 

Nicolas Cage Cool Cat Who Loves Dogs

6/16/2016 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nicolas Cage fell in love Wednesday at the Burbank Airport ... and our photog is responsible for it.

Jesse was multitasking ... holding his camera in one hand and a leash in the other. His apartment is being re-carpeted so he had to take Otis, his fiancee's chihuahua, to work. 

Nic had a thing for Otis, and then proceeded to tell us about his favorite dog and a tiger-like cat in his menagerie.  

By the way, Jesse got married this past weekend. He called his wife his fiancee. Force of habit, maybe. BTW ... Congrats!!!

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'Finding Dory' Cash Cow for Fish Stores ... Deadly for the Fish

6/10/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0607-finding-dory-getty-disney-01Disney's "Finding Dory" is causing a rift in the exotic fish community ... which believes the movie could bring a financial boom -- but also massacre the fish population.

We called a bunch of fish dealers who say they've stocked up on blue tangs -- Dory's species -- expecting a rush once the movie premieres. The same spike happened for clownfish after "Finding Nemo."

Tangs ain't cheap -- one goes for $40 to $60 ... So there's big money to be made.

But many experts told us they're worried tons of blue tangs will die when parents flock to buy the fragile fish for kids because tangs require a very specific, exotic tank setup. As one enthusiast put it ... fish novices "will kill these creatures."     

One store owner sounded like he had PTSD from the 'Nemo' craze, and said he's stocking ZERO blue tangs ... just to avoid the "screaming kids."

Shop wisely.

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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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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