Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, is in the doghouse with a rescue agency that says two pups he adopted ended up at a shelter, but he says the whole ordeal started with a misunderstanding within his family.
Mutt Scouts, a dog rescue group based in SoCal, tells TMZ … Guillermo adopted two chihuahuas — Chase and Rey — back in 2021 when they were just puppies.
He was stoked about the addition to his family, posting pics of them on IG soon after getting them.
However, Mutt Scouts says they recently got a call from an animal shelter in the L.A. area … saying the dogs were surrendered to them by an unnamed woman. The shelter called Mutt Scouts because both pups were microchipped and registered to the org prior to Guillermo adopting them.
Mutt Scouts provided TMZ a copy of the contract Guillermo signed before adopting — which says the rescue would be the first point of contact to help rehome the dogs if he no longer wanted the dogs or couldn’t care for them.
The org took to social media this week to call him out, and some ‘Kimmel’ fans were pissed and noted Guillermo’s past post with the dogs is no longer on his page.
Guillermo tells TMZ … this all started when he was asked to take care of his grandmother’s large dog because she’s battling dementia. At the same time, he went in for knee surgery … so his stepsister had to watch Chase, Rey and grandma’s big dog.
He says his stepsister panicked the big dog was going to harm the two chihuahuas, and that’s when she decided to take them to the shelter. When Guillermo found out, he says he immediately told her she’d make a big mistake. He knew they should have gone to Mutt Scouts and says he contacted the group on Friday and said he “was sorry from the bottom of his heart.”
Mutt Scouts tells us they hope Guillermo’s case is a teachable moment for anyone looking to adopt a pet. It’s standard procedure for adopted animals to be returned to the rescue agency if the owner can longer care for them.
Chase and Rey are now with Mutt Scouts, which is hoping to find a new home for them. Mutt Scouts tells us Guillermo made a $5k donation to help them care for the pups in the interim.
If you’re interested in giving Chase and Rey a new fur-ever home … Mutt Scouts says visit their website and fill out an application.
There is no excuse for this happening, that his stepsister would make the decision to basically throw his dogs away says a ot about her and about him. If he had made the dogs his family no one would have made the decision to remove them from the family. And that he didn’t want them back makes a definitive statement about him. I will not watch Kimmel again until he is no longer with the show. Animal abusers have no place on tv.
Glad the situation had a happy ending…