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Fiona Apple stops tour, posts heartbreaking letter about her dying dog

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Fiona Apple wrote a heartbreaking, hand-written letter announcing that she will be postponing tour dates to care for her dying dog, Janet, a pitbull she rescued almost 14 years ago in Echo Park.

[She] was found in Echo Park, with a rope around her neck, and bites all over her ears and face. She was the one the dogfighters use to puff up the confidence of the contenders...I've never seen her start a fight, or bite, or even growl, so I can understand why they chose her for that awful role. She's a pacifist.

Janet has a tumor in her chest and suffers from a condition called Addison's disease. In recent days her health has apparently worsened, and Apple believes she is close to dying. 

I can't come to South America. Not now...If I go away again, I’m afraid she'll die and I won't have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out."


Fiona Apple arrested for alleged hashish possession in Texas

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Fiona Apple is seen in a police booking photo September 19, 2012 in Sierra Blanca, Texas.

The drug-sniffing dogs of Sierra Blanca have added Largo-darling Fiona Apple to their Willie Nelson / Snoop Dogg hall of fame after detecting marijuana in her tour bus. The singer-songwriter was arrested Wednesday for alleged hashish possession at the infamous Border Patrol checkpoint in West Texas.

Sierra Blanca Sheriff's office spokesman Rusty Flemming told the Associate Press the artist spent Wednesday night at the Hudspeth County jail for "a little tiny amount of pot and hash," and was released Thursday on $10,000 bond. Fleming says marijuana possession in small amounts is a misdemeanor, while hashish in any quantity is a felony in the state.

On tour in support of her first album in seven years, The Idler Wheel (Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do), Apple's next stop is scheduled for Austin, Texas on Sept. 20 at Austin City Limits Live At Moody Theater. She played a show last week in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre.