Britney Spears spent more than $30,000 on dogs -- the ones not named David Lucado -- and let's just say, her puppies are living the life most humans would envy.
According to new legal docs filed in her conservatorship ... Britney bought 2 tiny pups in 2013 that came with enormous price tags -- more than $13K for both of them!
She dropped $5,568 for what looks like a white Maltese in January ... and then in July she spent another $8,212 for its playmate -- a new Yorkie.
Brit even spent $1,585 on CLOTHES for the dogs ($650 in one shopping spree alone)! Throw in another $5,205 on dog-sitting, plus more common pet expenses (like food) -- in all she laid out $31,234.15. Just for the dogs.
FUN FACT: The average teacher's starting salary is about $36,000.
Ex 'Dog Whisperer' Employee
I Was Trampled By a Rogue Llama
And It's Cesar's Fault
9/2/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cesar Millan is under attack from a former employee who claims she was steamrolled by a runaway llama while on the job.
Adriana Barnes -- who was director of Cesar's dog rehab facility -- says the "Dog Whisperer" worked with many kinds of animals, but untrained employees let them run wild ... according to a lawsuit she recently filed in L.A. County.
Barnes claims the "Dog Whisperer" forced her to work 12-hour days with no lunch or bathroom breaks, and since most of the other employees were inexperienced ... the bulk of the work fell on her shoulders.
In the suit, she claims things got so bad that she was bitten 5-6 times by dogs and on one occasion she "was trampled by a llama."
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Cesar fired her when she confronted him about the work conditions.
Barnes says in the suit ... the stress of getting canned caused her to overdose on anti-anxiety pills, landing her on life support for 3 days.
We've reached out to Cesar ... no word back yet.
Lost Dog Found!
Honey 1, Coyotes 0
8/29/2014 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Happy day for Suri Cruise ... coyotes did not make a snack of her lost pup, Honey ... because we're told the little Chihuahua has been found -- safe!
The people at Lucky Puppy Rescue tell us they amped up their search for the pooch after getting reports of 2 sightings this week, and found her on Wednesday ... not far from where she disappeared in Benedict Canyon.
We're told she's been checked out by a vet and is in good shape ... after surviving on her own since Sunday in the coyote-infested canyon.
Cold-hearted cynics might think the saved dog, pictured with the vet ... looks kinda different from the dog in the reward poster.
But we're told the vet confirmed it was Honey by scanning the dog's microchip.
There was a $1,000 reward, but nobody's saying who, if anyone, is getting it.
So ... we gotta ask ...
Aye Dios Mio!
¿Dónde Está Mi Chihuahua?
8/26/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suri Cruise's new Chihuahua, Honey -- which she's only had for a couple of weeks -- has disappeared ... and TMZ has learned there's a $1,000 reward for the pup's return.
Sources close to the situation tell us ... Suri and her mom, Katie Holmes, took Honey to a friend's house in Beverly Hills Sunday ... where the pooch slipped out the front gate. We're told she wasn't wearing a collar because they removed it to take her swimming.
50 reward posters have been plastered around the area. They even issued a pet Amber alert -- to notify houses in the area about the disappearance. We're told Honey also answers to Maple -- her name before she went to live with Suri.
Time is of the essence in the search -- the area where Honey/Maple bolted is heavily wooded and a known coyote hotspot.
Katie and Suri adopted the 1-year-old Chihuahua mix from a Studio City rescue ... shortly before moving into their new digs in Calabasas a couple of weeks ago.
Snake Gets Booted
Hours Before VMAs
8/24/2014 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj's would be "Anaconda" co-star -- the snake that bit a dancer during Friday's rehearsal -- did not get the chance to strike a second time … and TMZ got the shot of the reptile getting 86'd just hours before the VMAs.
Sources at VMA rehearsals tell us the offending python was at the L.A. Forum today -- just in case Nicki, her team and MTV felt comfortable going forward with the performance as planned.
But we're told the final decision was made to cut the snake a few hours before show time, and handlers loaded the rejected serpent into a container and unceremoniously removed it from the premises.
Sometimes showbiz bites.
By the way, nobody was thinking about the snake once Nicki hit the stage.
Anaconda Bites Dancer
During VMA Rehearsal
8/22/2014 6:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A 6-foot long snake -- believed to be an anaconda -- just bit a dancer during a VMA run-through for Sunday's show ... TMZ has learned.
Nicki Minaj was on stage performing her hit, "Anaconda" when a female dancer was bit by the reptile in front of everyone.
We're told the dancer has just been taken to the hospital where she's being treated.
Anacondas are non-venomous snakes but often transmit bacteria that can lead to serious infections.
The snake was removed from the stage in a container.
It's unclear if the show will 86 the snake for the live telecast.
Cops Investigating SeaWorld Stunt
8/22/2014 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The California Highway Patrol is investigating Steve-O for breaking the law during his SeaWorld protest.
Steve-O essentially made a video confession ... giving a blow-by-blow of how he defaced a public sign on the 5 Freeway which leads to the theme park.
Caltrans was pissed ... got the CHP involved and now Steve-O could face criminal charges -- defacing public property.
Our sources say ... it's likely the case will be referred to prosecutors and Steve-O will be charged.
Steve-O tells us, "Go ahead and charge me, Sea World Sucks!"
Rescue Kitten Trapped In Car Engine!!
8/21/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cat-astrophe avoided at "Dancing With the Stars" -- when a stowaway kitten that had been stuck inside a car's motor was rescued by two PAs -- who heard the engine purring -- literally.
Production sources tell us ... the PAs heard noises from a random vehicle on the lot. They walked up to the car and heard the meows ... then discovered a kitten trapped under the hood.
Interesting Fact: Cats are known to climb near car engines to stay warm at night.
Back to the story ... The PAs tried luring the critter out with tuna ... when that didn't work, one of them crawled under the car, reached into the engine compartment and snatched the kitty.
The most amazing part ... the heroes believe the stray was inside the engine when the driver took the car from the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood.
The DWTS wardrobe dept. is now caring for the cat ... which they've named Steve ... and he's feel-ine fine.
Rapper Kid Ink
Pizza Delivery Man Sues Over Dog Attack
Damages Have Mushroomed
8/18/2014 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kid Ink's dog viciously attacked a pizza delivery guy and now the victim is suing for a piece of the pie.
Garnik Nazarian claims Kid ordered a pie delivered to his Granada Hills home ... and when he showed up at the front door, Kid's dog -- Louie -- attacked him ... chomping down on his hands, arms, legs, face and other body parts.
Nazarian -- claims Kid should've known Louie was "unusually dangerous" and prone to attack ... and should've kept the animal locked up.
According to the lawsuit ... Nazarian's injuries are so bad, he won't be able to deliver pizzas for a long time to come. So, in addition to medical bills and pain and suffering, he wants lost profits.
BTW ... the lawsuit is a little wonky. In California and most states, a dog bite victim doesn't have to prove the pooch was unusually dangerous or prone to attack. When dog bites a person ... owner pays -- period.
Grand Canyon Squirrel Killer Can't Hide
8/7/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cold-hearted bastard who kicked a squirrel off a Grand Canyon ledge will absolutely be hunted down because he pissed off the wrong people ... according to actor Fisher Stevens.
Fisher was outside BOA Steakhouse last night when we told him about the insane story -- 2 French-speaking men recently used bread crumbs to lure the squirrel, and then one of them punted the poor animal into the air. Video of the crime went viral.
Now the suspects have law enforcement on their asses, but Fisher thinks the key to their capture might be PETA's $15,000 bounty.
Fisher's an animal rights advocate himself -- he won the Oscar for "The Cove" -- and thinks the killers won't get away with it while PETA's on the case.
Kelly Osbourne Sued
Her Dog Pooped All Over My Condo
7/31/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Osbourne was a barbarian who let her dog crap and pee all over her swanky WeHo condo ... and had the cajones to sue for her security deposit -- according to her ex-landlord who's now suing her right back.
Arshia Refoua claims he rightfully kept Osbourne's $18,700 deposit when she moved out in April 2013 ... because she left the place a dump -- holes in the walls, destroyed hardwood floors and dog poop and piss everywhere.
He also claims she caused extensive damage when she left the bathtub running ... flooding her condo and the ones under her.
We broke the story ... Osbourne fired the first shot by suing Refoua to get back the deposit -- and denied all pigsty allegations.
Now she could lose way more than the $18K -- Refoua's suing her for damages of at least $50,000.
Man's Breast Friends
7/31/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Yuma The Pig
Porkly Pig Scores Book Deal
But Must Lose Weight First
7/29/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Young and the Restless" star Kevin Schmidt's famous pet -- Yuma the Pig -- has scored a children's book deal and will go on tour to promote it ... but he needs to drop a lot of sausage first.
Yuma's a micro-pig -- which typically weigh 45 lbs ... but has ballooned to more than 80, meaning Kevin and his hog have some serious work to do before she hits the wheels of squeal in September.
In order to make weight, Yuma will be walked 4 times a day and fed only organic meals by a pro chef ... at a cost of $1,000 a week!
Yuma's easily been worth her weight ... having already hammed it up on "A-List Pets" with Ian Ziering, booked several $15,000-a-pop public appearances, launched her own clothing line, chalked up 32,000 Twitter followers, and -- not to be forgotten -- recovered nicely from her near-death experience on TMZ Live.
Now if we can only get her off the couch.