Ruh-Roh: 10 Celebrity Pet Dramas
JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD
Heard avoided jail time in Australia by pleading guilty to providing false immigration documents when she visited the country last May and didn't declare her Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo. Heard illegally smuggled the dogs into Australia, which led one politician to call for the dogs to be euthanized. On Monday, the charges against Heard were dropped. Along with pleading guilty, Heard released an apology video with Depp. Both Boo and Pistol made it out of Australia unscathed.
In February, the actress lost her beloved German shepherd Mozart after her neighbor shot at the canine while it was fighting with his dogs. The neighbor said he discovered his two dogs fighting with Hayek's two dogs in his garage and fired an air rifle near Mozart to scare Hayek's pets away. The tactic worked, but unfortunately, the neighbor actually hit Mozart and the dog died from the wound on his way home. The Thurston County Sheriff's Office ruled shortly after the shooting that the neighbor was justified in his actions and had no intention of killing Hayek's dog.
In 2009, Jessica Simpson's Maltipoo Daisy was plucked out of the singer's yard by a coyote, who then ran off with the pet. Simpson offered a reward after that attack to anyone who could reunite her with the pup, but Daisy was never found. Unfortunately, coyote attacks on pets are a common and tragic occurrence in California now that drought and habitat destruction have pushed the wild animals to search for food closer to cities.
Paris Hilton's pooch and best friend Tinkerbell was a red carpet regular in the early 2000s, so the heiress and her fans were shocked when the dog went missing in August of 2004. Hilton, who offered $5,000 for the pup's safe return, regained custody of the dog a week after she went missing. While Hilton publicly mourned Tinkerbell's disappearance she did not offer details on how she got the dog back. Tinkerbell passed away at the age of 14 in April 2015.
Cyrus and her pets have had a rough few years, so much so that the singer released an album in 2015 called Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz. In her short time as an animal owner, Cyrus has lost her Alaskan Klee Kai Floyd to a coyote, her Yorkie mix Lila to a fight with another one of her dogs named Ziggy, and her pet pufferfish. Cyrus has also given away two canines (Ziggy and Moonie) to new homes. Even after these losses, Cyrus remains a devout animal rescuer and advocate, and she currently has at least three cats, three dogs and a pig.
Kardashian lost one of her favorite photo buddies, Mercy the kitten, in 2012. Kanye West gave his then-girlfriend the teacup Persian cat as a gift in September of that year. The fluffy white bundle was soon popping up in plenty of selfies, but her fame was cut short when she died a few months later in December. Mercy's cause of death was a cancer-like virus that routinely appears in purebred animals.
In 2012, the model booked a flight for her family (including her two dogs) on United Airlines from New York to San Francisco. Rizer said she knew the dangers of pet air travel, but trusted United's PetSafe program and took all the safety measures possible for her golden retrievers Beatrice and Albert. Even with these precautions, Rizer found out upon landing in California that 2-year-old Beatrice died during the flight.
The model wrote an impassioned blog post about the experience, claiming that United took little responsibility for the death of her perfectly healthy dog. A necropsy later determined the golden died of heatstroke; the airline responded to the finding with a statement assuring fliers that the area Beatrice was held in was temperature-controlled. Rizer hopes her outrage over the death encourages others to research more about animal air travel so they fully understand the risks.
Bieber is sorry about what happened to his former pet monkey. In 2013, OG Mally the capuchin monkey, who was an unexpected birthday gift to Bieber from a family friend, was seized by custom officials and placed under quarantine shortly after the monkey and Bieber landed in Munich, Germany. The singer claims he had all his papers in order for the monkey's trip, but custom officials held OG Mally and demanded that new documents be presented. Bieber and his team never came forward with the paperwork, so OG Mally stayed behind in Europe and is now living out his days at Serengeti Park in Copenhagen.
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
A self-proclaimed animal lover, Gifford was devastated when a Today segment featuring several dogs went wrong. During the show's fourth hour, adoptable rescue puppies were brought on the set. The co-host picked up one of the dogs and then accidentally dropped the animal on air. The pup was unharmed during the fall, but Gifford still received backlash for the accident.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Everyone knows the Queen is a corgi fan, so it was a shock when Her Majesty announced that she would not be welcoming any more of the short (and often stout) breed into her palace. Concerned about tripping over a member of her current canine pack — which recently included five corgis, five cocker spaniels and four dachshund-corgi crossbreeds — and injuring herself to the point where should could not perform her royal duties, she said that after her current group of pet pals pass away, she will not seek out replacements.