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Ex-NFL Player Terrence Cody 9 Months In Jail For Starving Dog To Death

3/24/2016 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0324-terrance-cody-gett-01The ex-Baltimore Ravens player who starved his pet dog to death back in 2014 has been sentenced to 9 months in jail for animal cruelty ... officials confirm. 

27-year-old Terrence Cody -- who was cut from the Ravens in 2015 -- had been convicted of 9 misdemeanors involving the death of Taz, his Canary Mastiff -- and the illegal possession of an alligator. 

Prosecutors say Cody neglected Taz in a horrific way -- with the animal living in its own filth and barely eating for roughly a month. 

Typically, canary Mastiffs are supposed to weigh about 100 pounds ... Taz was less than 50 pounds on the day he died. 

Cody -- who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft -- played 5 seasons with the Ravens ... before being cut.

No word on when Cody will begin his sentence. 

Bob Baffert American Pharoah Is Banging Everything ... Gonna Have 200 Kids

3/22/2016 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

We now know what American Pharoah's been doing since retirement ... EVERY MARE HE CAN ... so says legendary trainer Bob Baffert who tells us the stud is on pace to have over 200 kids!!!

We got Bob -- a legend in horse racing -- out at Craig's and asked him how his Triple Crown winning horse is adjusting to life as a stud ... you know, where you basically bang for a living.

The answer? Very well according to Bob ... who told our camera guy that Pharoah is putting in work like  a four legged Shawn Kemp ... on his way to single-handedly creating a new generation of racers.

Great work if you can get it.

Cesar Millan Video of Dog Attacking Pig Does Not Show Cruelty

3/21/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The video that landed Cesar Millan in hot water -- showing a dog attack a pig during a training session -- could be the very video that sets him free.

Our sources say the L.A. County Dept. of Animal Care and Control is wrapping up its investigation, and believes the video shows Cesar didn't mean the pig any harm. To the contrary, investigators assigned to the case believe the video shows Cesar jumping into action to save the pig.

A key to the investigation is intent, and investigators believe Cesar did not create a scenario in which he deliberately put the pig in harm's way.   

As for whether Cesar was negligent, it seems investigators think he was, but they feel it's best handled with a conversation urging corrective action rather than filing animal cruelty charges.

The case will be referred to the L.A. County D.A. next week and prosecutors will have the final word, but we're told the conclusions of Animal Control investigators will almost certainly carry the day. 

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Rose McGowan Sued I'm Brain Damaged Thanks to Your Dog

3/17/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

031616-rose-mcgowen-dog-instagramRose McGowan's dog crushed a woman's skull and now she lies in a bed severely brain damaged and is gunning for millions of dollars ... so she claims in a new lawsuit.

Elna Ebner claims she and her daughter were taking a walk in the Hollywood Hills last July when Rose's dog walker came along with her large mutt, Mrs. Noodle, and a small pooch. The 85-year-old woman says Noodle jumped up and planted its paws on her, causing her to fall backwards. 

Ebner claims her head hit the cement, cracking her skull. We're told Ebner suffered extreme brain damage and now lies in her bed with 24 hour care.

Rose is a named defendant in the suit because she owns Mrs. Noodle, but we're told Ebner has made a multi-million dollar demand to the actress' insurance company. It has not been resolved.

Rose tells TMZ,"Elna walks through the neighborhood every day. She's a trooper. I was working in NYC when my dog walker stopped to talk to two of my neighbors, an 85 year old mother and her older daughter. My sweet as pie foster dog, Mrs. Noodle, a large but terribly gentle mixed breed, put her paws on the knees of a woman that stands 4'7"."

Rose adds, "The woman was standing on the hill's 65% incline. This terribly sad accident was an unfortunate sequence of events. Do I wish this tiny elderly woman hadn't stopped to talk to my foster dog? Yes. Did it happen? Yes. Am I responsible? No."

Cesar Millan Ear's My Pig ... All Growed Up

3/16/2016 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cesar Millan wants the world to know he held the bacon when it comes to the pig that was attacked at his training facility -- 'cause the animal's all grown up and healed.

Millan posted the most tranquil appearing clip of the swine tooling around his Dog Psychology Center, and seeming happy as a pig in, well ... ya know. Naturally, the clip has closeups of the pig's ear ... and it does look healed.

Cesar thanked fans for supporting him and said, "the pig has lots of new friends."

You can't help but notice how much bigger the pig is compared to the bloody scene on "Cesar 911." It's unclear how much time has passed since that episode was shot.

The L.A. County D.A. hasn't decided if Millan will face animal cruelty charges. 

Cesar Millan Dog & Pig Method 'Just Plain Dumb' ... Claims Veteran Trainer

3/14/2016 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0314-cesar-millan-pig-dog-NAT-GEO-01Cesar Millan was "dumb and irresponsible" when he put that unleashed dog and pig in the same kennel, and the woman who blew the whistle is adamant ... Cesar should be charged.

TMZ spoke with the woman, a veteran dog trainer with 20 years experience, and she believes Cesar used the pig as bait, instead of slowly integrating the animals together. She claims the proper protocol would have been first putting the pig and dog in pens next to one another, and THEN together on leash.

As we previously reported, Cesar says the pig and dog are fine and now get along -- but the anonymous dog trainer thinks he's downplaying the severity of the pig's injury.

She says Cesar and Nat Geo should be held accountable for what she calls a ratings ploy. She wants him charged for animal cruelty, and wants the pig off his property, and his practices monitored moving forward.

Cesar maintains his methods are sound.

Cesar Millan Bulldog Owner Testifies ... Get Off the Dog Whisperer's Back!

3/12/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who hired Cesar Millan to break her dog's aggressive attitude toward pigs ... is ripping critics of his techniques, and the officials now investigating Millan.

Sandy owns Simon -- the French bulldog/terrier mix that bit and bloodied a pig during one of Millan's training sessions on "Cesar 911." In a video testimonial, she insists Millan is a lifesaver ... because Simon's aggression was threatening her other animals.

As for the injured pig ... Sandy thinks people have blown the injury way out of proportion.

TMZ broke the story ... Animal Control officers went to Millan's training facility to investigate multiple viewers complained about animal cruelty. No decision's been made on whether Cesar will be charged.

Watch Sandy's passionate explanation of Cesar's methods and end result. He might want to put her on retainer if this case moves forward.

Just sayin' ...

Cesar Millan That Dog Would Be Dead If It Wasn't For Me

3/11/2016 2:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0310-cesar-millan-tmz-9Cesar Millan is adamant he saved Simon the bulldog's life -- even if it meant a little pig blood was spilled in the process.  

Millan tells TMZ Simon hadn't shown any signs of aggression toward the pig prior to being taken off his leash ... so he thought it would be safe. However, Simon attacked, biting and ripping the pig's ear. 

Millan says it's not the first time he's brought an aggressive dog face-to-face with an animal with which it had a rocky past. In fact, he says the strategy's been very successful and in the end ... worked for Simon too.

Cesar tells us he spoke with investigators Friday and is working to set up a time for them to view the pig. 

As for his haters ... he says the end goal was to save Simon from being euthanized, and bringing him in the pig's pen did exactly that. 

'Legally Blonde' Chihuahua Dies

3/11/2016 10:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0311-legally-blonde-dog-dead-INSTAGRAM-01Moonie, the dog who shared the big screen with Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde" has died.

Reese just broke the ruff news ... posting a pic of her and Moonie, who played Bruiser Woods. She said, "I will never forget all the days we spent together ... I'm sure his tail is wagging in the sky."

Moonie was a rescued chihuahua before landing the "Legally Blonde" gig ... and was good pals with Gidget, the Taco Bell dog.

He was 18.

#RIPBruiser

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Cesar Millan The Pig's Okay ... Now It Walks the Dog

3/11/2016 6:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0310-cesar-millan-tmz-01Cesar Millan insists the pig that was bitten by an over aggressive dog during a training session ... is totally fine now, and video from his show proves it.

TMZ broke the story ... Animal Control went to Cesar's training center to investigate an incident shown on "Cesar 911." He was trying to train a French bulldog with a penchant for attacking its owner's pot-bellied pigs -- but the dog ended up biting a pig's ear

Nat Geo, which airs the show, says Cesar created a "safe and controlled environment" to rehabilitate aggressive dogs. It stresses he took precautions before "making initial corrections and removing the leash." And although the dog attacked it says the pig was tended to immediately, healed and showed "no lasting signs of distress."

Video shows Cesar putting the dog and the pig back together the next day ... and the pig actually walks its attacker.

It's unclear if the clip is enough to clear Cesar from animal cruelty charges, but Nat Geo seems to be saying ... since the dog was cured, the end justifies the means.

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Cesar Millan Officials Investigating Possible Animal Cruelty

3/10/2016 6:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0310_Cops-at-Cesars-Dog-Psychology-Center_WMCesar Millan is under investigation for possible animal cruelty ... and officials are currently at his dog psychology center ... TMZ has learned.

L.A. County Animal Control tells us their major case unit, along with the sheriff, are currently at Millan's dog training center in Santa Clarita, CA after numerous complaints flooded in when Millan's show, "Cesar 911," showcased a dog attacking and injuring a pig during a training session.

0310_Cops-at-Cesars-Dog-Psychology-Center_WM-3We're told officials want to question Millan about the pig's current location and well-being.

We're told after investigators have questioned Cesar and employees ... they'll present their findings to the D.A.

Cops are on scene ... but so far have not made contact with Cesar.

Story developing ...

Salma Hayek Furious Cops Sided with Neighbor In Dog's Death

3/1/2016 1:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0301_salma-hayek_dog_instagramSalma Hayek was outraged when cops told her they would not take action against the neighbor who shot and killed her dog ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... police in Yelm, Washington closed out their investigation into the death of Salma's beloved 9-year-old dog Mozart, after concluding the dog had trespassed on the neighbor's property and was trying to attack his dogs. The neighbor shot Mozart with a pellet gun to scare him off.

Cops tell us Salma couldn't believe cops were letting her neighbor skate, insisting her dogs NEVER trespassed on the guy's land.  

Here's Salma's problem. Her caretaker is the one who walked the dogs everyday, and she fessed up to cops the dogs routinely moseyed onto the neighbor's property and got into it with his dogs.

It's unclear if Salma plans to press the issue, but we do know when cops first met with her after Mozart died, her lawyer was present.

Salma was determined to get to the bottom of Mozart's death ... we're told she had a necropsy performed.

Salma Hayek Cops Say Neighbor Had Right to Shoot Dog

2/29/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0228-salma-hayek-dog-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Salma Hayek's beloved dog was shot and killed by a neighbor, TMZ has learned, and cops have closed the case because the dog was trespassing on his property.

As we reported, Salma's 9-year-old dog, Mozart, was found dead last week at her Washington state ranch.

Cops launched an investigation and tell us Salma's neighbor confessed to shooting the dog, but there were extenuating circumstances. The neighbor told police he was sick of her dogs coming onto his property and attacking his dogs, which he says happened every time Salma's caretaker took the pets for a walk. 

The neighbor told cops... several of Salma's dogs were in his garage on the day in question ... and he used a pellet gun to scare the animals away. The neighbor said he had no intention of killing any of the animals and cops also believe the pellet gun ordinarily would not be lethal.

Police have closed the investigation since the dogs were on the neighbors property.  

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