Anna Faris and her husband, Chris Pratt, have been criticized for their treatment of animals before, and now a new incident has some animal lovers calling for the couple to quit taking in pets that they can’t care for.
Anna Faris is facing a $5,000 fine from the animal shelter where she adopted a Chihuahua named Pete. Somehow, the little dog ended up homeless and hungry until a good Samaritan found him wandering around on the street. The dog was reportedly thin and not in very good shape, so it’s possible that he had been out on his own for quite some time.
Pete’s rescuer took him to a veterinarian’s office where his microchip was checked. This is how the vet discovered that Anna Faris was the Chihuahua’s owner and that he had been adopted from Kinder4Rescue in North Hollywood.
The owner of the dog rescue told TMZ that Anna Faris adopted Pete four years ago, and she signed a contract saying that she would face a $5,000 fine if she ever re-homed Pete without informing the animal shelter first.
Kinder4Rescue’s attempts to contact Anna Faris were unsuccessful, possibly because she and Chris Pratt were out of state when Pete was found.
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There’s no word on who was caring for the Chihuahua when he went missing or whether Faris and Pratt where aware that he was gone. However, they definitely decided that they did not want the dog. Sources close to Faris and Pratt told TMZ that the couple had found a “nice family home” for Pete. It’s unclear whether the dog was living with this new family before he was found wandering the streets.
Anna Faris will have to prove that she knew that Pete was missing and was actively searching for him to get out of Kinder4Rescue’s $5,000 fine, and she’s now on the rescue’s “do not adopt” list.
A rep for Anna Faris told People that the actress was “thrilled that the dog has been found, and is ensuring all necessary arrangements are made to bring the dog home.” The rep did not reveal Faris’ future plans for Pete.
Some critics have slammed Faris’ treatment of the Chihuahua.
“Don’t adopt an animal unless you are sure you can take care of it. Re-homing or not, you have agreed to keep this animal and give it love and care in YOUR forever home,” one Facebook commenter wrote in response to the story.
“I remember when she was trying to give away/rehome her elderly cat once via Twitter. Maybe she shouldn’t have pets…… Glad to see she’s on their ‘do not adopt’ list,” another wrote. “As someone who has volunteered with animal adoptions, that definitely meets the criteria. I adore Chris Pratt but these behaviors are disturbing.”
According to People, Anna Faris got her first dog as a gift from her husband in 2009. He was a pug named Bonzo.
In October 2011, Faris and Pratt outraged animal lovers by using Twitter to find a new home for their elderly pet cat. As Us Weekly reports, Pratt responded to the criticism on his now-defunct official website. The actor wrote that he and Faris didn’t want the cat anymore because they were planning on starting a family and couldn’t have “an animal that s**ts all over the house.” Pratt defended himself by saying that he and Faris had found “a godd**n loving home” for the cat, then he proceeded to insult cat lovers.
“If you are a parent you will understand. And if not, that probably explains why you have such a ha**-on for cats.”
According to Metro, the couple’s animal-related drama doesn’t just extend to pets. Last year, Chris Pratt faced a major backlash for comments he made about hunting. The actor was labeled “repulsive” and “loathsome” after he tried to explain why he likes to hunt.
“I have a great deal of respect for the animals that I kill, and I feel remorse and all of the emotions that come with it,” Pratt told The Guardian.
“The thing inside me that drives me to go out and hunt is very animal. But the remorse, emotion and respect I feel, and the closeness to God that I feel when I’m out there, is my humanity. It’s an opportunity for me to explore what parts of me are animal and what parts of me are human.”
During a 2014 interview with GQ, Pratt revealed that coyotes are one of his favorite animals to hunt because they “are a**holes, and they’ll eat your dog.” He also said that Anna Faris doesn’t like this particular hobby of his.
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