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Vet to the Stars

Dogs Go Missing

After Home Burglary

11/23/2014 12:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1123-dr-sue-downing-dogs-tmz-01Dr. Sue Downing -- who cares for a bunch of dogs owned by celebs including Betty White, Katherine McPhee, Mark Harmon and Benicio del Toro -- has very personal dog problems of her own.  Her home was hit by burglars Friday and her seriously-ill dogs are now gone.

It's a weird burglary ... nothing was missing except 2 of her 3 dogs ... a 13-year-old pom named Penny and a 3-year-old terrier named Spice. She's not positive if the thieves took the dogs, or if the criminals left the gate open and they escaped.

The doctor tells us Penny was taking medication for a heart condition and Spice was born with a birth defect that causes her to limp.

Downing filed a police report ... and the LAPD Pacific Division is on the hunt.

Kim Richards

Removes Pit Bull From Home

... Temporarily

11/16/2014 12:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111614_kim_richards_launchKim Richards finally played her hand on the fate of her pit bull ... and it sounds like she's trying to keep it.

Kyle Richard's sis was at the Grove Saturday when our photog asked about her dog, which has now bitten 4 people ... most recently Kyle's 18-year-old daughter Alexia.

It takes a little reading between the lines, but it sounds like she's saying she sent the dog to a professional so it won't continue attacking people.  That means when the trainer thinks the dog is socialized she'll take it back.

The question ... who would go to Kim's house hoping the dog had turned over a new leaf?

Once bit ...

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Richard Simmons

Beloved Dog's Death

Triggered Emotional Crisis

11/14/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richard Simmons Dog DiedThe death of Richard Simmons' dog played an important part in the depression that has turned him into a shut-in ... a dog he considered his child.

TMZ broke the story ... Richard hasn't been seen in public for almost 11 months ... and the trigger was a looming knee replacement which shut Richard down professionally and socially. 

Sources close to Richard tell us his Dalmatian Hattie died within days of his last public sighting back in January. Richard took the dog with him when he was out and about in L.A. and would often brag about her in his exercise classes.

Richard -- who never had kids of his own -- treated Hattie like a child. Richard had several Dalmatians and Hattie was the last survivor.  

Richard had a deep bond with the dog, who was 17 when she died ... and it destroyed him.

The knee was the trigger, but the dog was the emotional tug that contributed to Richard's life paralysis.

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Kyle Richards

Not Pleased with Kim, Doggone It!

11/13/2014 5:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kyle Richards made it as clear as she can without saying anything ... she's none too pleased the dog that attacked her daughter has not been removed from her sister's home.

Kyle was chatty as she left Craig's in West Hollywood Wednesday night ... telling our photog her daughter Alexia will hopefully regain full movement of her hand after the attack by Kim Richards' pit bull.

But when our guy asked about keeping the dog in the family ... her tone immediately changed. It's not just what she says, but how she says it.

As TMZ first reported ... Kyle does not want her sister's pit bull destroyed, but she does feel it's a good idea if Kim finds the pup a new home.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Some Tails Just Gotta Be Told

11/13/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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If you like Arnold Schwarzenegger -- you're gonna LOVE our world premiere big deal thingy with ... his dog! Yeah, Arnie's doggy actually spilled a lot of secrets!

He basically talks to us more than his owner. Easier to understand too.
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Nick Carter

Battling Kenny G's Wife

Over Trashed Beach House

11/12/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1111_nick_carter_malibu_mansion_before_damage_launchKenny G's ex-wife is at war with Nick Carter ... claiming he trashed her Malibu beach house ... leaving it littered with dog and cat poop.

The "Backstreet Boys" singer rented the home from Lyndie Benson in the super-exclusive Malibu Cove Colony for the very reasonable price of $17K/mo. plus a $35K security deposit.

Sources close to Benson claim Nick left the place a wreck ... flooding the house by overloading the septic tank, and letting his pets crap and pee everywhere.

Carter's calling BS ... he's furious she only returned around $1,700 of the security, so he's suing to get the balance.

Carter says the house was a mess when he got it ... stained carpets, leaky toilets and a broken A/C.

Carter -- who by the way lists his income at over $1M a year -- is suing for the balance.

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Kyle Richards

Daughter Alexia Worse for Wear

After Dog Bite

11/10/2014 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kyle Richards and her daughter Alexia Umansky were out and about Monday ... the first time the 18-year-old has been seen in public since she was viciously attacked by her aunt's pit bull.

Kyle and Alexia went inside the James Kendall Salon in Bev Hills and had little to say about the dog bite that required 2 surgeries.  

Our photog mistakenly asked Alexia if she was mad at "your friend" ... obviously Kim Richards is her aunt, but close enough ... sorta.

They were also mum on whether the dog should be destroyed.

Johnny Weir

I Got the Dog and Faberge Egg

... My Ex Gets Squat

11/10/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1108-johnny-weir-victor-voronov-tmz-01Johnny Weir's ex believes the judge in his divorce case screwed the pooch ... because Johnny has been awarded full custody of their tiny little dog.

And there's more in the bad news department for Victor Voronov ... he doesn't get to keep the $20,000 Faberge egg that was a big bone of contention in their nasty divorce.  

We found out Johnny and Victor quietly went to court late last week and the judge laid down the law over some precious items. The Japanese Chin, Tema, was the biggest source of heartache. Victor sobbed back in March, as he watched Weir scoop Tema up and remove her from their home.
 
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The judge also gave Johnny's lawyer permission to sell their wedding rings and the pricey egg to cover legal fees.

Johnny threw a crying fit over the egg -- which led to a 6-hour standoff at their storage facility.

Victor also got shut down in his attempt to get more spousal support, so all he gets is a grand a month.

Why do we think this fight's not over?

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Kim Richards

Best Friend Will Sue

Over Dog Attack [Gruesome Photos]

11/7/2014 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1107_richards_dog_injuries_launch_4 A woman Kim Richards calls her "second mother" will sue Kim for the dog bites she suffered from Kim's pit bull. The gruesome pics of the injuries make it clear ... she'll be gunning for lots of money.

Kay Rozario says she was in Kim's bedroom in March when she reached over the bed and Kingsley attacked her, biting through her hand all the way to the bone. The dog also went for her face but she blocked it with her arm, which was also injured.

Rozario tells TMZ ... Kim's first reaction was, "Please don't tell anyone.  I'll lose my show."

Paramedics came and wanted to call animal control, but Rozario talked them out of it and said Kim would handle it.

Rozario tells us Kim has refused to pay any of her medical bills. So she'll file a lawsuit next week.

As we reported, the dog has attacked 4 people.

Kim Richards calls Rozario's version of events "vehemently not true," and strongly insinuates Rozario knew the dog was in the room and prone to bite. Kim said the same thing about her niece Alexia.

Kyle Richards

I Don't Want

Kim's Pit Bull Destroyed

11/7/2014 11:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kyle Richards is an animal lover and a very forgiving woman ... which is why she does NOT want the pit bull put down that viciously attacked her daughter.

As TMZ first reported, Kyle's 18-year-old daughter suffered a slew of injuries -- requiring 2 surgeries -- courtesy of Kim's pit bull, Kingsley.

Kyle has made it CLEAR to friends and family ... destroying Kingsley is not an option. She knows the dog is extremely important to Kim, who is struggling with ongoing addiction problems and really has no one else.

That said ... we're told Kyle thinks it would be a good idea if Kim realized she can't really control the dog and it would be best to give it to someone who has better control over the animal.

Kingsley has been a problem -- he's bitten 4 people ...  3 at Kim's home. He's also aggressive toward other animals.

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Miley Cyrus

I Got My Pet Pig Hookup

From King of Fake Teeth

11/7/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Miley Cyrus
's business deal with the king of fake buckteeth really helped her bring home the bacon -- as in her pet piglet Bubba Sue. 

TMZ has learned the micro pig Miley's been showing off in pics since August ... was a gift from her business partners at Billy Bob Products -- the company that just started cranking out those ridiculously popular Miley Bob fake teeth for $11.99 a pop. 

Billy Bob founder Jonah White tells us he and his wife reached out to Miley back in August ... after her dog Floyd died, and set up a backstage meeting in St. Louis. He says that's when they surprised her with Bubba Sue -- complete with a birth certificate.  

Around the same time ... Jonah and Miley also hammered out their business deal. Sources close to the negotiations tell us Miley is getting a 50/50 split of the profits from her line of fake teeth.

Sweet deal, sweet pig.

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Kim Richards

BLAMES THE VICTIM

11/6/2014 3:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Kim Richards says her niece is to blame for the pit bull attack that left her hospitalized ... and she's not saying definitively she's getting rid of her dog that has attacked 4 people.

Kim claims she told Alexia to leave Kingsley alone in the bedroom ... but her niece Alexia entered anyway -- and that's when the pit bull went on the attack. 

Richards says the dog has gotten very protective recently because very few people visit ... she's alone in the house most of the time. She says she gives everyone fair warning, "the dog should not be bothered."

Now get this ... Kim says, "The second I realized Alexia had been bitten on the finger leaving a puncture mark on her thumb, I immediately called my sister Kyle and took her to the nearest emergency room." 

We're told the "puncture" is actually a bite right down to the bone, requiring 2 surgeries.

As for the fate of the dog -- who has now bitten 3 people in Kim's house and another on the set of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Kim says, "At this point I am looking at options to what the next step is for Kingsley. As many of you can relate, he is my best friend. This is a very difficult decision and time for all of us, but the safety of my family always comes first."

We've learned Alexia was just released from the hospital, but one thing is very clear ... this was a serious bite.

Kyle Richards

Dog Trainer Says

Kim's An Unfit Pit Bull Owner

11/6/2014 2:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106-kyle-david-kim-facebook-instagramKyle Richard's sister Kim is an unfit dog owner and her pit bull should be taken away from her immediately ... so says the guy who tried to train the dog and almost got a piece taken out of him.

David Utter says Kim ignored both his warnings and the warnings of Bravo producers from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ... warnings that the pit bull should be muzzled at all times.

David says Kim played with fire ... allowing Kingsley to run free around the house without any restraint ... putting guests in great peril.

The trainer is indignant that 3 people were bite victims ... all inside Kim's house. And David says the 3 strikes law should apply here.

He's not advocating that Kingsley be destroyed, but he thinks the dog should be immediately taken away from Kim. Thing is ... the Dept. of Animal Services will only get involved if Kyle's family complains about the most recent attack against her daughter ... and that's unlikely.

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