Ellen Pleads for Calm Over Canine Dilemma

During a taping of a show to be aired today, she said the controversy surrounding an adopted dog has "gotten out of hand." DeGeneres says she won't speak again until the dog is returned to DeGeneres' hairdresser.

The dispute erupted last month when DeGeneres and her partner adopted a black terrier mix. When Iggy wasn't able to get along with DeGeneres' cats, the couple gave the dog to DeGeneres' hairdresser.

The nonprofit dog-rescue organization that originally gave DeGeneres the dog then took it back from the hairdresser, saying the talk show host had violated the adoption agreement. It required her to give the dog back to the group if she couldn't keep it herself.

After DeGeneres tearfully shared the blow-by-blow with viewers, the organization was hit with a firestorm of nasty e-mails and threats.

A co-owner of the dog rescue group tells "Inside Edition" that if DeGeneres wants to start deciding which homes are good for which dogs, she should "start her own rescue group."

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