Ellen DeGeneres Apologizes for Dog Rescue Mishap

A teary DeGeneres apologizes on her show for giving away the dog she adopted last month.

Posted: October 17, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Ellen DeGeneres is under fire for giving away a dog to her hairstylist in violation of an adoption agreement with Mutts and Moms, the Pasadena, Calif., rescue organization that arranged the Sept. 20 adoption.

DeGeneres said she gave away the dog, a Brussels Griffon mix named Iggy, because he didn’t get along with her cats and had too much energy, the talk show host explained during Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“I guess I signed a piece of paper that says if I can’t keep Iggy, it goes back to the rescue organization, which is not someone’s home, which is not a family,” said DeGeneres, who had spent $3,000 to have the dog neutered and trained to be with her cats.

“I thought I did a good thing. I tried to find a loving home for the dog because I couldn’t keep it.”

Mutts and Moms picked up the dog on Sunday when a representative who contacted DeGeneres to check on Iggy found out the dog had been given away.

DeGeneres said her hairstylist’s daughters, ages 11 and 12, were heartbroken when the dog was removed from their home.

“Because I did it wrong, those people went and took that dog out of their home, and took it away from those kids,” a teary DeGeneres said.

“I feel totally responsible for it and I’m so sorry. I’m begging them to give that dog back to that family. I just want the family to have their dog. It’s not their fault. It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have given the dog away. Just please give the dog back to those little girls.”

Mutts and Moms did not respond to a request for comment.


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cathy   bristol, CT

10/19/2007 2:26:00 AM

the way this woman went about taking this dog was as cruel as it could have been. she is heartless and should not be working with animals.you can not be cold and cruel if you care for animals.she could have done it in a caring way.if she can do this to children what does she do to these dogs.

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Kerrie   Benton, IL

10/17/2007 7:10:51 PM

I think Mutts and Moms should give the dog back to his family. The point of an animal rescue is to help unwanted animals find loving homes. This dog was wanted and in a loving home and they ripped him out of it to put him back into a shelter. What kind of sense does that make? I think it is more responsible to find another loving home for an animal than to take it back to a shelter anyway. That is a stupid rule. I saw the lady from the shelter on the news, saying "who is Ellen to decide what is a good home...when she starts her own shelter then she can make the
". In my opinion this is a slap in the face of reputable shelters everywhere, who honestly have the animals best intentions in mind. If people think the animal shelter can come and rip the animal out of the home anytime they choose, more people will go to puppy mills, pet stores, etc and that would be a shame.

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ruth   pennellville, NY

10/17/2007 3:52:50 PM

They should have a heart and give the dog back.

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Ingrid   Clarksville, TN

10/17/2007 2:12:28 PM

I do Old English Sheepdog rescue and in our contract it states, that if things don't work out with the family, the dog has to come back to the rescue. Simple as that and I am glad that they came and got the dog, I guess Ellen thinks she can do as she pleases becauss she is a
My hats off to this rescue group.

Just imagine, if everyone that adopts a rescue dog would hand it down to another
The rescue group does home visits and makes sure that the dog makes a good match with the
We just don't let anybody have the dog and then he winds up back on the street or in the shelter.

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