Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ellen And Iggy Drama

Ellen DeGeneres continues her efforts to have Iggy the dog handed over to her hairdresser's family, one of the business partners at Iggy's rescue agency has reportedly filed a police report claiming harassment. On Tuesday night, Marina Baktis of Mutts and Moms filed the report with the Pasadena Police Department claiming she is being harassed over the ordeal, reports. This follows reports that the agency received death threats after Ellen broke down in tears on Tuesday's show.

Ellen continued her appeal on Wednesday's show. "It's become so insane," she said. "The dog just needs to go to the family." She remained composed as she went on to say the fight should not be about anything but putting the dog in a loving home. The Mutts and Moms rescue agency, however, is standing its ground – despite receiving death threats after Ellen broke down in tears on Tuesday's show, the Associated Press reports.

Vanessa Chekroun and Batkis, who run the agency, believe they are doing what's best for Iggy, says a spokesman for the pair. "[Batkis] doesn't think this is the type of family that should have the dog," said Keith A. Fink, an attorney who does not represent the agency but is acting as a spokesman. "She is adamant that she is not going to be bullied around by the Ellen DeGenereses of the world ... They are using their power, position and wealth to try to get what it is they want." But Ellen's publicist Kelly Bush says the TV host has the best intentions. "It's very upsetting to hear that someone is getting those kind of calls," Bush told the AP. "Ellen just wants the dog reunited with the family."

A Home for Iggy
The dogfight began after Ellen and her partner, Portia de Rossi, took home the Brussels Griffon mix on September 20. Things didn't work out between Iggy and the couple's cats, so the TV host gave the dog to her hairdresser. In doing so, Ellen violated an agreement with the Mutts and Moms dog rescue agency – by not informing them of the switch-off. When the agency contacted Ellen and learned another home was found for Iggy, Mutts and Moms then dispatched a rep and police to the hairdresser's home and removed the pet on Sunday.

The women running the Pasadena-based agency say the publicity from Ellen's show generated voicemails and e-mails threatening death and arson, along with hordes of media that interfered with their work at the Paws Boutique store, where they handle the volunteer agency, Fink told the AP. He also insists that Iggy's are the only feelings that count in the skirmish: "It's for the protection of the dog."

Life Threatened
Speaking to Access Hollywood, Baktis expressed concerns for the safety of herself and her animals. "I haven't eaten, I'm sick and I've had heart palpitations," she said, sobbing. "My life is being threatened, this is horrible. I rescue dogs. I can't believe this." Claiming that Ellen's fame is the sole reason for all this attention, Baktis added: "Celebrities, you know, they get preferential treatment. They have lots of money. They go into a restaurant they get a table. And so you know, this contract was breached. It was breached. So people need to understand when you enter a binding legal agreement that you can't just go, 'And here you go, I don't want you.' "


Here is my take on this:

The sole purpose of a rescue place is to find a loving home for an animal. They placed the dog with Ellen who is a major lover of animals, but it did not work out. Ellen then found the dog a loving home where it did work out. The rescue people are mad that they did not find the place. Now they are going against what they stand for by causing trama to this dog by taking him from that home.

My dog went though three homes before he came to me and he was messed up big time. He would cry when he couldn’t see me for seconds. He slept so close to me I was lucky I could move and leaving him for a quick run to the grocery store was almost impossible. But, after three years in a stable loving home where he has learned I will always return has made him the most amazing dog ever. He now sleeps on his own bed and can be in another room. And I still have to bribe him with a treat to get out the door, but that is not too bad.

I think the people at the rescue place are out for blood and took the dog down to get even. Ellen was in the right, they in the wrong. And as for death threats and such if people are that pissed that proves you are in the wrong. Otherwise they would not care.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Many rescue organizations want to be the ones to ensure that the dog is placed in a home that THEY deem acceptable. This is why they go through the trouble of filing for 501c3 status, do evaluations on the dogs, care for the dogs until the right homes are found...just to name a few of their duties. When you work in a shelter or do rescue full-time, you see so much bad crap that people are capable of doing to animals. IT IS THE DECISION OF THE RESCUE PLACE TO DECIDE WHERE THE ANIMAL GOES and what their rules are...Not the new home. Having this rule in place is the best thing for the animal for many reasons. Bottom line is that Ellen was wrong. The money she invested in Iggy and the donation made to Mutts & Moms is separate from the adoption process and what the rescue's paperwork says. Ellen is a great person and does amazing stuff, but they can't bend the rules because she's "Ellen". And using her show to air this...well ...another not so great choice.