(ANIMAL NEWS/CELEBRITY PETS) Actress Anna Faris is facing a $5,000 fine after a dog she adopted four years ago was recently found emaciated and wandering the streets.
Kinder4Rescue, an animal adoption center in North Hollywood, claims the Scary Movie star violated a contract Faris signed when she first adopted the Chihuahua named Pete, stating that she would be required to notify the shelter if she ever re-homed the dog.
The actress has since admitted to finding a new home for the dog after discovering her newborn son was allergic, and apologized for her mistake, saying:
“My agreement with the animal rescue required me to contact them first before allowing another family to take Pete in. I failed to do this, and for that I am deeply sorry. I now understand the dangers of giving animals away for free.”
Fortunately the dog is now in good hands after being turned over to a local veterinarian, but we hope this scary event serves as a lesson that pet adoption should not be taken lightly.
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New York Daily News, Jessica Schladebeck
Anna Faris maybe in the doghouse after a puppy she adopted years ago was found emaciated and homeless.
Laurel Kinder, the founder of North Hollywood animal shelter Kinder4Rescue, told TMZ the 39-year-old comedienne took in Pete the Chihuahua four years ago. At the time of the adoption, Kinder said, Faris signed a contract agreeing to pay a fee should she ever hand the over pup to a new owner. The rule, Kinder explained, was put in place so the shelter could keep tabs on their animals.
But Kinder says she was contacted after Pete was brought to a veterinarian by a good Samaritan, who spotted him malnourished and wandering the streets. Once the dog’s microchip was scanned, the vet was able to pinpoint Kinder4Rescue as Pete’s adoption facility — and Faris as his owner.
“Anna is thrilled that the dog has been found, and is ensuring all necessary arrangements are made to bring the dog home,” a rep for Faris told People.
The “Just Friends” star and husband Chris Pratt have already found a new home for the Chihuahua, though it’s not clear if the arrangement is permanent or temporary.
Still, though, Faris faces a $5,000 fine for breaking the signed adoption agreements — and Kinder told TMZ she’s thinking of suing the podcast host for breach of contract.
This isn’t the first time Faris and Pratt have found themselves in hot water over their pets.
In a 2011 tweet, “Parks and Rec” alum Pratt said the couple intended to give away their old cat, asking if any of his followers had an interest in adopting the feline — and the backlash was immediate.
In the end, Pratt took to his blog to bring some clarity to the situation, informing his fans the decision was rooted in their desire to start a family.
“To those of you somehow hung up on the notion that I kicked the walker out from underneath our cat and threw her into the streets, first of all, cats don’t use walkers, so that’s a ridiculous notion,” he wrote. “Secondly … I found my aging cat a … loving home! Ease up with the death threats for heaven’s sake!”
A rep for Faris has not returned the New York Daily News’ request for comment.