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Ellen & Iggy: Canine Controversy

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Iggy the dogTurns out that Ellen DeGeneres is in the middle of a canine controversy. Last month, she adopted a dog (Iggy) from a local rescue organization. She spent time and money getting the dog ready for life at home with her family and cats. It turns out, however, that it just wasn’t a good match. Iggy had too much energy. It wasn’t going to work out.

Here’s where the controversy begins. Here’s the rest of the story straight from Ellen’s blog:

My hairdresser who I see every single day, she and her husband have two little girls, eleven and twelve-years-old. They were just looking for a puppy. They have a dog. They said, “We love Iggy can we have Iggy?”

Iggy has been with them for two weeks. I get updates every single day and pictures every day of how happy Iggy is and how much their daughters love Iggy. The organization contacted me yesterday and said, “How’s Iggy?” And I told them the truth. I didn’t lie. I said, “Iggy has a great home.”

Well, 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. These two little girls had bonded to the dog. I thought I did a good thing. I tried to find a loving home for the dog because I couldn’t keep it. I was trying to do a good thing.

Because I did it wrong, those people went and took that dog out of their home, and took it away from those kids. (Wells up with tears). I feel totally responsible for it and I’m so sorry (sobbing) 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.

I’m sorry I didn’t call you. I’m sorry I did the wrong thing. Just give it back to the family. Please please please.

That’s the story and that’s why I’m feeling like I am responsible for trying to do something and I did it without reading all the things I should have read. So I’m sorry.

Rescue and animal organizations, those involved in the situation and others simply as on-lookers, are battling each other trying to determine what the appropriate action really is in this situation. For more details, watch the Ellen show today, or check out this article.

Here’s my take: The rescue organization should interview the hairdresser’s family and bring them through the adoption process – if they “pass” give them back the dog. It was an honest mistake.

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