The dog was evaluated by his veterinarian, “who found that he was in good health,” the statement said. Various New York law enforcement agencies have refused to keep the dog in custody, according to the shelter.
“Consequently, and in accordance with the information obtained from the enforcement of the law, we have now complied with the owner’s request for the dog’s return,” the statement said.
The incident in the park
Amy Cooper called police on Christian Cooper (unrelated) on May 25 during a meeting about her stray dog. Amy Cooper was walking her dog, while Christian Cooper was watching the birds in a wooded area of Central Park called Ramble. Both told CNN that their quarrel started because her dog was not a leash, contrary to Ramble’s rules, according to the park’s website.
Christian Cooper recorded a video of part of his meeting and posted it on Facebook, where it has since been shared thousands of times and has become a popular topic on Twitter. In the video, he is largely silent as he angrily tells police he is threatening her and her dog.
“I’m taking a picture and I’m calling the cops,” Amy Cooper is heard saying in the video. “I will tell them that there is an African American who is threatening my life.”
While on the phone, her dog seems to be stretching and trying to free herself as she tries to hold him by the collar. After the incident, her dog was handed over to the shelter that was adopted a few years ago.
Commenting on CNN as the video spread widely, Amy Cooper said she wanted to “publicly apologize to everyone”.
“I am not a racist. I did not mean to harm this man in any way,” he said, adding that it also did not mean harm to the African American community.
Christian Cooper told CNN’s Don Lemon that she accepted her apology.
“I think her apology is sincere,” Cooper said. “I’m not sure that in this apology she admits that while she may not be or consider herself a racist, this particular act was definitely racist.”
But Christian Cooper also said he was annoyed that people were making death threats against Amy Cooper, whom he described as disgusting.
“It is strange that people who were upset that when she tried to bring death to a police officer on my head, then she would come back and try to put death threats on her head. Where is the logic in this? ” he said. “Where does that make sense?”