Ellen dog was given away

moegolden

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I'm shocked I am making a thread about this too, but it's interesting, because it will result in some of the most awful PR for a charitable organization we'll ever see.

I think we're going to get a Marge appearance out of this, for better or worse.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20152846,00.html

Ellen Shocked Over New Home for Her Former Dog

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2007 04:00 PM EDT

By Tim Nudd

Ellen DeGeneres told Ryan Seacrest Wednesday morning that she was concerned over reports that Iggy, the dog at the center of her adoption controversy, had been given away to a new family – not her hairdresser's.

Seacrest got DeGeneres on the phone during his KIIS-FM radio program in L.A., and said to her, "I heard this morning that this dog, Iggy, is now with another family."

DeGeneres replied: "Yeah, that's what I just heard, too. The statement was, 'Finally, it's in a safe home.' Which is an unbelievable statement. I mean, the whole situation is surreal. I can't even begin to tell you the disbelief."

Citing the attorney for rescue agency Mutts & Moms, The Insider reported Wednesday that the dog has indeed been placed in a new home. (And see TMZ video of the scene at the hairdresser's house after the dog was taken).

Seacrest asked DeGeneres, "Why did they place the dog somewhere else without figuring this out?" She replied: "I guess so that people would just leave them alone. I don't know."

DeGeneres reiterated to Seacrest that she had made a mistake in not following the rules in giving Iggy to her hairdresser's family. But she claimed once again that the rescue agency was punishing the dog and her friend's family for that mistake.

She also agreed with Seacrest when he suggested the agency had a personal vendetta against DeGeneres herself.

"I don't even understand the latest statement in the press, which is, 'I won't let the Ellen DeGenereses of the world get away with this,' " she said.

Following the Rules
DeGeneres went on to suggest that Mutts & Moms enforces its rules arbitrarily. One such rule, she said, is that it does not allow families with children under 14 to adopt – a rule she said the agency has not always followed in the past.

Also, she said, she was never asked to fill out an adoption application and never had a home evaluation – also supposed rules.

DeGeneres said she had little recourse at the time the dog was taken back because the agency was still listed as the owner on the dog's microchip.

Asked what she would like to happen next, DeGeneres said, "I want Iggy's health and safety, number one. I would like Iggy to come back to that family, because I gave Iggy to that family, and that family has now had their hearts broken, and I feel responsible."

Then she added: "But the bigger picture is, everyone [needs to be] aware of your rights, and that you have to make sure that the microchip has your name on it, someone can come at any time and take your dog away."
 

moegolden

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...and the backlash begins....

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071018/D8SBB6T81.html

Woman Claims Threats Over DeGeneres' Dog
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Oct 17, 9:12 PM (ET)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' doggie dilemma took a nasty turn Wednesday, with the operator of the animal rescue organization that took the pooch away saying she has been deluged with threatening e-mails and phone calls.

The calls got so bad that Marina Batkis said she had to close her business and stay home Wednesday, a day after DeGeneres broadcast a tearful, televised plea for the dog to be returned to her hairdresser and the woman's daughters.

"My life is being threatened. This is horrible," a tearful Batkis said outside her home.

Batkis and Vanessa Chekroun co-own Mutts and Moms, the nonprofit dog-rescue organization that gave DeGeneres and her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, the dog.

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"They have gotten thousands of e-mails," attorney Keith Fink told the television program "Inside Edition.""Most of them are hate e-mails threatening them with lynchings, bombings of their home."

One recording "Inside Edition" played had a male voice saying, "You Nazi, scum-sucking pigs. You're gonna pay dearly for stealing this dog from those little girls."

The twisted dog tale began last month when DeGeneres and de Rossi adopted a cute, black Brussels Griffon mix terrier named Iggy. When Iggy wasn't able to get along with DeGeneres' cats, the couple gave the dog to DeGeneres' hairdresser.

That, Batkis pointed out, violated a written agreement de Rossi signed in which she agreed to return the dog to Mutts and Moms if the adoption didn't work out.

DeGeneres acknowledged she erred but said her hairdresser and her family shouldn't be punished.

"This is so insane," a calmer DeGeneres said on her talk show Wednesday. "It's just the dog needs to go to the family."

Batkis has refused to back down.

"If Ellen wants to place dogs and decide what's a good home, then she should start her own rescue group," she told "Inside Edition.""But I'm the one doing this and I know what I'm doing."

Meanwhile, the dispute has become a hot topic on news and talk shows.

"There's got to be some sort of rational compromise," ABC's Diane Sawyer said on "Good Morning America."

 

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Oct. 18th, 4:00 am EST

NEWYORK (AP) - Greg Hughes, more famously known as Opie from the Opie and Anthony show, has reported that his newly adopted dog's liver busted. The NYPD report a box of Tony Roma' Rips on the kitchen floor, next to the dog, people are saying..."
 

seeinred

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How is that news? Ellen gave her dog away, but didn't follow the rules she agreed to so it got taken away. Oh boy, that's fascinating.

Edit: Not saying I agree with the shelter, I just don't see why the fuck this is being reported on a newswire.
 

moegolden

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Edit: Not saying I agree with the shelter, I just don't see why the fuck this is being reported on a newswire.

agreed in principle, but in theory, anything that starts within the mediasphere becomes inherently of interest to those who follow the same media.

sorry if i sound all marshall mcluhan-ish.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan


That's part of the brilliance of the whole reality tv genre - should we care? no, but as social creatures, we need some "common experience" somewhere, and it can't just be all sports, news and weather.
 

seeinred

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That makes perfect sense I guess, but I'm just wondering why this event in particular. Why not when she buys a house, or why wasn't it news when she got the dog? Why this specifically, it just seems so mundane.
 

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This is the funniest thing I have ever heard ahhahahahahhahahaha. That women at the "shelter," needs to just let the hairdresser and kids get the dog for christ sake.:rolleyes:
 
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Moron Ellen prolly thought the puppy would use the catbox and when the lil fella did'nt and pissed the rug one too many times, he got the boot to the hairdressers
 

Digital_Trauma

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I thought the timeline seemed strange. I think she said she adopted the dog on Sept. 20th, then had it trained so it would get along with her cats. The hairdresser's family had the dog for two weeks before it was removed from their house. So Ellen seemingly only had the dog for about two weeks herself, minus the time it was "trained." Iggy might have only been in Ellen's house for a couple days? Why not send the dog off to some obedience training school for a month or two, in order to get some good results?
 

weakside

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Pretty much agree with everyone else. The rescue agency is wrong for what they did and Ellen made an ass of herself on TV.
 

kloraferm

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I don't give a shit about the politics of it all, but I do feel for the 12 year old kid who misses her dog. That's a pretty shitty thing to deal with.
 

Plunkies

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Just cut the dog in half and give a half to both families. Problem solved. Unless you consider having half a dog carcass in your house a problem...which I certainly don't.
 

Stormrider666

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I agree with Ronnie B on this one. I bet you she told the agency to basically fuck off and that she gave the dog away. Plus that crying she did, was so fucking fake. The problem I have with the agency, is that I don't understand, the whole signing a contract thing.
 

Your_Moms_Box

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I say fuck the agency, and fuck ellen.


Give the fucking dog to the kids, or let Opie kick it.
 

Sinn Fein

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Most rescue groups, breeders, and some shelters have language in their agreements that state you have to give the dog back to them if you can't keep it. They do this so the dog doesn't end up in a pound somewhere. I got my Airedale from a rescue, and the agreement basically says the same thing.

But, this bitch is taking it too far... If something happened to me and my wife, my dog would go to my brother or my parents where he'd live out the rest of his days just as if he was still with me. He wouldn't be going back to the rescue. Generally, they'd have no way of knowing anyhow.
 

moegolden

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The only saving grace for the agency at this point is if they can prove that keeping the dog away from small children is a universal rule that they always enforce, for the dog's safety.
 

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These rescue bitches are the only ones who can divine whether or not a person will be able to get along with a dog. They are highly trained to know when a pet and a possible owner make a perfect match. And if you would like to start your own rescue, nail up a sign. There. You have satisfied all the stringent requirements.

And why did the rescue bitch think Ellen was a perfect match when she wasn't?