Elle DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
and Portia de Rossi's saga over Iggy,
the dog they adopted then gave away to a friend's family, is detailed in a set of e-mails posted online.
The correspondence, posted on the Smoking Gun,
reveals the couple's initial love for dog, their decision to give him away, and the shock expressed by pet-rescue agency Mutts & Moms at that development.
A partner at Mutts & Moms, Marina Baktis, tells the couple that Iggy's relocation constitutes "a betrayal of our trust" and a violation of the contract, to which de Rossi replies, "Your email is truly heartbreaking to many people."
There is also one e-mail from DeGeneres's hair stylist, Cheryl, who pleads that after two weeks, Iggy is "bonded and loved by our family." Unmoved, Baktis insists he must be returned.
A rep for DeGeneres had no comment on the e-mails.