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Comedian Deon Cole A Cat Saved My Life Once

10/17/2016 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Deon Cole doesn't think he'd be alive if it wasn't for his cousin's cat who he says saved him from a house fire.

We got Deon at LAX Sunday and asked him about the viral video of a baby elephant rescuing a man in a river, when he recalled his own brush with death -- which he narrowly avoided thanks to a feline.

If you haven't seen the elephant video, check it out below ... it's pretty incredible. Deon's story is pretty incredible too. Animals rule.

Shia LaBeouf Doggin' It with Wifey

10/16/2016 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1016-shia-labeouf-mia-goth-dog-park-PCN-01Newly hitched couple, Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth, took their bulldog out for some family fun this weekend.

Shia and Mia were spotted at a dog park in L.A. with their boy, Brando ... just days after their quickie Vegas marriage. Shia's wedding band looks to be a perfect fit.  

That's a heavy load. Brando, not marriage.

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Hot Model Lindsey Pelas Talks LSU Tiger Mascot ... In The Language Of Cleavage

10/15/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There are VERY BIG reasons to watch this clip ...

One ... IG model Lindsey Pelas is going to give some really thoughtful and smart insights on the drama her alma mater, LSU, is having with PETA over its live tiger mascot.

Two ... she's doing it while wearing a low-cut shirt sure to bring out the tiger in most of you guys ... and some of you ladies.

Check out the clip -- she's not really on the side of PETA, and she's not really on the side of keeping the mascot ... but she's definitely on the side of BEING SUPER DAMN FREAKIN' HOT.

R.I.P. Mike VI.

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Paris Hilton I Got a New $8,000 Bitch

10/11/2016 1:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1011-paris-hilton-instagramPuppy love ain't cheap for Paris Hilton -- not when she's scooping up 12 ounces of chihuahua worth $8k ... very delicately, of course.

TMZ has learned the 4-month-old pup was delivered to Paris in NYC on Monday from a boutique teacup breeder.

Paris is a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to teacup pooches ... she spent $25k on two others  over a year ago, and bought a teacup Pomeranian in 2014 for $13k. So, if you're keeping score at home, that's about $46k on about 5 pounds worth o' dogs ... in 2 years.

We're told the new dog doesn't have a name yet. Paris is asking her followers to decide on social media, although she's partial to London or Ibiza. We're guessing China's off her short list.


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LSU's Mascot Mike the Tiger Dies ... After Cancer Battle

10/11/2016 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1011_lsu_mike_the_tiger_getty-realSad news from the bayou ... LSU's beloved live tiger mascot Mike VI has died following a 4 month battle with cancer. 

The school announced the 11-year-old Bengali-Siberian tiger was "humanely euthanized" Tuesday morning after entering hospice care at his "night house" on the LSU campus. 

Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer back in May -- and developed a tumor bigger than a baseball behind his eye that specialists say would have eventually killed him. 

LSU says Mike's caretakers kept a close watch during his final hours to make sure he did not suffer. 

R.I.P.

Dream Hotel Founder LiLo's Party Pal ... Wanted for Animal Cruelty

10/11/2016 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1011-vikram-chatwal-TMZ-01Lindsay Lohan's former BFF, Vikram Chatwal, is now a wanted man by NYPD for animal cruelty.

Law enforcement sources tell us a warrant has been issued after an investigation turned up evidence Chatwal allegedly tried to burn 2 dogs. 

As we reported ... Chatwal allegedly took a spray can and lighter to the dogs' backs outside his apartment.

We got video of Vikram rambling as he tried explaining what went down. There appeared to be a burn mark on one of the dogs.

Dream Hotel Founder LiLo's Party Pal Accused of Burning Dogs

10/10/2016 1:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsay Lohan's former BFF, Vikram Chatwal, is under investigation by the NYPD for allegedly trying to burn 2 dogs ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us they got reports Friday morning of Vikram taking a spray can and a lighter, and then singeing the backs of 2 dogs outside his apartment. We're told when cops arrived, Vikram wasn't home, where witnesses say he'd been just minutes earlier. But we got video of him there. 

Check out the clip -- Vikram sounds out of it while trying to defend himself. Also, there appears to be a burn mark on at least 1 of the dogs.

1007-lindsay-lohan-vikram-chatwal-GETTY-02Vikram -- who founded NYC's Dream Hotel -- has a LONG history of drug problems ... and LiLo was right there with him for some of those times.

Cops are still looking for Vikram, and if he's caught, we're told he could face a reckless endangerment charge. We've reached out to Vikram's camp ... so far, no word back.

Grumpy Cat Alive-ish and Kickin' On Broadway

10/1/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-grumpy-cat-cats-pcn-01Grumpy Cat was a thing 3 years ago, but most people thought by now the cat with "issues" was probably in the great litter box in the sky ... not so, she's on Broadway.

Grumpy was held front and center Friday night at the Neil Simon Theater during a performance of "Cats."

As shocking as G.C.'s status ... "Cats" is still on Broadway.

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Hayden Panettiere Most Expensive Dog Sitter Lawsuit EVER ... Settled

9/28/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0927-hayden-panettiere-TMZ-01Hayden Panettiere better think twice the next time she pawns off a couple dogs for 6 years ... at least that's the takeaway after she settled up with her former dog sitter.

You'll recall Tia Brooks sued Hayden back in July in a bizarre case. Hayden got 2 rescues and left them with a dog sitter for 6 YEARS, paying a whopping $119,335.88. Seriously.

But Hayden claimed the dog sitter was a crook, giving the pooches away but pretending she was still caring for them and billing all the while.

Brooks claimed everything she did was kosher and turned around and sued Hayden for the $8,500 balance she said was owed.

We've learned the case quietly settled. They split the doggie in half and Hayden paid Brooks $4,250.

0927_hayden_panettiere_adopted_dogs_TMZBrooks appeared on "TMZ Live" shortly after filing suit and refused to say where Zander and Xena ended up. As for why Brooks says Hayden left the dogs with her for half a dozen years ... well, it's crazy.

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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
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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
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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!!! 

 

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