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    Katherine Heigl and Husband Hit Ruff Patch Over Expanding Family

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    Katherine Heigl is in the doghouse with hubby Josh Kelley.

    Nothing's terribly wrong, but…

    Heigl wants to adopt more pets. Kelley? Not so much.

    "I pretty much now defer to my husband, who has put the kibosh on any more," Heigl told me earlier today. "He says, 'You know, Katie, we have 12 heartbeats in this house already and that's a lot of responsibility.' But it's hard. It's really hard to say no."

    That 12 would be Heigl, Kelley, their daughter Naleigh and—ready for this?—six dogs and three cats.

    Heigl was at the Four Seasons Hotel this morning to launch the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation's new Compassion Revolution campaign to reduce pet overpopulation without having to euthanize animals. The foundation has donated $1 million to L.A.-area groups for spay and neuter programs.

    "Our goal is that people can actually go to an animal shelter and not feel this horrible sadness and burden that if they don't take that dog home that the dog may end up dead," Heigl said. "The idea is that eventually it won't be so hard to say no because you know that these animals are actually in a safe place, in a shelter that is not going to euthanize them for space or room for the next batch coming in."

    Also on hand this morning were Heigl's mom, Nancy, Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas and Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan and his dog Coco.

    Meanwhile, wait till ya hear what Heigl had to say about kicking ass in her upcoming action flick One for the Money and getting Josh Duhamel in his underwear for Life As We Know It. I'll have all of that for you tomorrow.

    Wanna see a pic of Marc's dog, Kiddo? Check him out on Twitter at @marcmalkin.

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