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Fallout from that publicity has literally ruined Baktis’ life, her attorney Keith Fink said. Her business, Paw Boutique on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, which specializes in home-delivering organic and natural pet products, has been shut down for days. “And you can thank Ellen DeGeneres for that,” Fink said. “She’s hemmed in at home, and she doesn’t want to come out because of the death threats. I hope everything returns to normal in a week or two.” On her show Thursday, DeGeneres said she disapproved of the threats Baktis has received. “I want nothing, nothing more than the dog returned to that family,” DeGeneres said. “But you don’t resort to violence. So anybody out there, please stop that.” Fink said Iggy is now in a new home. But he declined to provide details. Along with threats, Baktis also has received an “outpouring of positive responses” from her clients, some of whom have even sent small monetary contributions, Fink said. “She’s in a bind because of this – she’s got no business, and she can’t eat her rent,” he said. “If she can’t get her business back up and running, I don’t know what she’s going to do.” Fink said his client has been flexible about adoption rules in the past. But DeGeneres’ hairdresser refused to even sign an adoption contract for Iggy. “Their collective arrogance – the Ellen DeGeneres-Hollywood mentality – was, `No, (the dog) is staying with us,”‘ Fink said. [email protected]
(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – She’s been hounded into hiding and her business is, well, going to the dogs. Such has been the price Pasadena-based Mutts and Moms’ co-founder Marina Baktis has paid for standing up to a Hollywood heavyweight, her attorney said Thursday. Baktis, 38, who co-founded the nonprofit dog-rescue agency, is virtually hiding out inside her home after getting death threats from dozens of rabid fans of TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The celebrity and the dog rescuer continued locked in battle Thursday over Iggy, a Brussels Griffon mix that DeGeneres and her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, adopted from Mutts and Moms on Sept. 20. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But when Iggy and the couple’s cats clashed, DeGeneres handed the dog over to her hairstylist, in violation of the adoption contract the comedian signed. According to a copy of the contract, DeGeneres signed away her right to transfer ownership of Iggy without Mutts and Moms’ permission. On Sunday, an agency representative went to DeGeneres’ hairdresser’s home and took Iggy back. That’s when the dogfight began. On her show, DeGeneres has cried and begged the group to return the dog, which she said had bonded with her stylist’s two daughters, ages 11 and 12.