Paris Hilton with one of her dogs

Socialite Paris Hilton's dog is landing her at the center of a new Los Angeles Department of Animal Services investigation, after the heiress boasted about owning 17 pets on a Television show. The former Hollywood 'Simple Life' star told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres all about the extent of her pet collection on the comedienne's show last Monday, not realizing it's illegal to have more than three dogs at any one non-kennel, non-breeder, residential address in Los Angeles California. Animal Services sources tell that bosses of an animal rescue organization took heed of Hilton's dog boast and complained to the officials, who paid her a visit on Tuesday. The Web site reports Animal Services representatives turned up at Hilton's home, but Paris and her dogs were not there. They left a message with a maid and now plan to return to conduct a full inspection.