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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
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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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Mally Mall Exotic Cat Dies In House Fire

5/26/2016 5:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-launch-mally-mall-house-fireMally Mall just lost one of his most beloved exotic animals in a house fire. 

Sources close to the producer tell TMZ one of his exotic cats was found unresponsive Thursday after crews contained the blaze. We're told a neighbor called 911 after they saw flames coming from his two-story Vegas home.

A neighbor tells us the fire started in a closet near his master bedroom. At this time it's unclear what started the blaze and how much damage was done.

We're told the producer is devastated over losing the animal. 

Mally's known as an animal collector -- with pit bulls, snakes, turtles and wild cats -- he once gifted Justin Bieber a monkey.

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Lady Gaga Me and the Horse I Rode In On

5/23/2016 1:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0523_lady_gaga_Horse_smoothie_X17Lady Gaga found a ride more eco-friendly than a Prius on her way to grab a smoothie in Malibu. 

Gaga ditched 4 wheels for her 4 legged white horse, a gift she got last Christmas from her music label, Interscope.

She's saving on gas, but the cleanup really stinks. 

LSU's Tiger Beloved Mascot Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

5/23/2016 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0523_mike_the_tiger_gettyLSU's beloved Siberian-Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer ... and vets believe he only has 2 years to live ... school officials announced. 

The 10-year-old tiger has been receiving treatment from a team of specialists ever since his caretakers noticed a tumor on his face earlier this month.  

Officials say Mike has spindle cell sarcoma -- which is unlikely to spread to other areas of his body ... but it's a fatal condition nonetheless.   

LSU says Mike is receiving the best care possible -- and they've already drawn up a battle plan to make sure Mike lives out his final days as comfortably as possible. Without treatment, officials say Mike would only have 1 to 2 months to live.  

Mike has been the official live mascot of LSU since 2007 -- and famously debuted at the legendary LSU vs Florida game ... when the Tigers defeated Tim Tebow's Gators. 

Jillian Michaels My Neighbor's Dogs Are A Real Bitch

5/17/2016 4:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0517-jillian-michaels-tmz-02Jillian Michaels has a real issue with her neighbor's pooches ... and it's gotten so bad she's called in the big guns to fix it.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jillian's been in a fight with her Malibu next-door neighbor for months. We're told Jillian recently filed a complaint with animal control, saying the neighbor's dogs are a total menace ... charging her fence, bothering her dogs and scaring her kids and horses too. 

Animal control made a visit to Jillian's place last month but didn't see any cause for concern. They also checked the fence line for any breaks, but saw no problem.

At this point ... our sources say the feud's little more than "she said, he said" so animal control will continue to monitor the situation, but no disciplinary action's been taken yet. 

Ryan Gosling I Drive Bitches Wild

5/13/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0513-ryan-gosling-dog-love-SPLASH-01Ryan Gosling's so ridiculously good looking he mesmerizes chicks of all species.  

The new papa showed some love Thursday to a Labrador Retriever that greeted him outside "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Looked like they were both into the show of affection -- although Ryan wasn't the one with his ass in the air.

#BitchesBeDrooling

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