Amy Cooper gets dog back after cops refuse to take it, rescue group saysJune 4, 2020
The animal rescue group who confiscated Central Park Karen’s dog after her racist confrontation with a birdwatcher went viral last month said Wednesday that it will return the pooch.
The rescue group, Abandoned Angels, said in a Facebook post that vets determined Amy Cooper’s dog was in good health and that law enforcement authorities refused to take the pooch into their custody.
“Consistent with input received from law enforcement, we have now complied with the owner’s request for return of the dog,” it wrote in the Facebook post.
It added that it wanted to “express gratitude for the outpouring of support regarding the dog that was recently placed in our custody, following release of a troubling video that was brought to our attention.”
Cooper was recorded in a now-viral video threatening to call cops on black birdwatcher Christian Cooper, who confronted her about having her dog off its leash in the Central Park Ramble.
In the video, which was recorded by Cooper, she yells at him for recording her, then calls police.
“I’m in the Ramble and an African American man with a bicycle helmet, he is recording me and threatening my dog,” Amy Cooper says in the video.
She pauses before repeating: “There is an African American man. I am in Central Park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog.”
The video sparked a national outrage after going viral on social media, and Abandoned Angels took the dog days after the attention.
“As of this evening, the owner has voluntarily surrendered the dog in question to our rescue while this matter is being addressed,” Abandoned Angels said in a statement in May.
Cooper was also fired from her job at an investment firm after the clip was widely shared.
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