Hayden Panettiere starred in one of the more bizarre real life doggie dilemmas in recent times. Thankfully it's now settled, but it cost the actress some dough.
Last July, Hayden was sued by Tia Brooks for unpaid dog-sitting duties. Hayden reportedly got two rescue pups and left them with a dog sitter for six years. Court records show that she shelled out almost $120,000 for the sitter.
Let that soak in: the woman was a dog sitter for six years!
However, according to TMZ, Hayden claimed that the woman wasn't doing right by dog-sitting standards and gave them away while still putting up a facade that she was caring for them. All the while, she was billing Hayden, the actress claimed.
Hayden, in turn, stopped paying Tia, forcing the six-year dog mom to sue the "Nashville" star for the balance of $8,500.
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that the case was finally settled without much barking. The two agreed to split the difference and Hayden forked over a check for $4,250.
The original lawsuit came at a tough time in Hayden's life. Just two months before the suit was filed, she announced that she was seeking treatment for postpartum depression for the second time in seven months.
"The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life," she shared on Twitter. "Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!"
In September 2015, the 27-year-old sought treatment for postpartum depression following the birth of her and fiance Wladimir Klitschko's daughter Kaya in December 2014. In March 2016, she opened up about her struggles to Yahoo! Style.
"I was always so terrified that people weren't going to accept me," she said. "I finally just went, 'I'm tired of living afraid. I'm tired of living in fear of what people are going to think, so you know, I'm just going to put it all out there on the table and I'm not going to worry about the judgment.'"
She added, "The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people."
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