In an unlikely but heartbreaking tale, Ellen DeGeneres has stirred up some serious trouble for a dog rescue shelter.
The story goes, Ellen adopted a dog from a shelter. But when she discovered that her cats didn’t dig the new canine, she immediately gave it to her hairstylist, who has two young kids. Unfortunately, she wasn’t at liberty to do that, hence the shelter intervened and removed the dog from the hairstylist’s home.
Apparently Mutts And Moms, the agency that arranged for DeGeneres to adopt a rescued dog from their shelter, is receiving death and arson threats. The troubling phone calls and emails started after they confiscated the dog that the talk show host gave to her hairstylist’s family.
According to Marina Batkis and Vanessa Chekroun, Ellen had no right to give the dog to her friend, and in doing so she violated the terms of the adoption. And Batkis is sticking to her guns, rejecting DeGeneres’ tearful plea to return the dog to the hairstylist’s family.
Attorney Keith Fink told press, "She (Batkis) doesn't think this is the type of family that should have the dog. 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."
The rules of adoption, per shelter policy, are that homes with children under 14 are not allowed to receive dogs. “It’s for the safety of the dogs,” said a kennel spokesperson.
Enjoy the video clip from Ellen's show, as she speaks of her current dog of a situation.