Amy Cooper, Woman In Racially Charged Confrontation In Central Park, Has Pet Returned

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June 04, 2020 - 8:05 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The woman seen on video calling the NYPD to falsely accuse a black man of threatening her in Central Park was given her dog back on Thursday.

In a Facebook post, the group that took Amy Cooper’s dog from her custody said a veterinarian determined the dog was in good health and that police refused to place the pup into their custody. 

"Abandoned Angels would like to express its 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. The dog was promptly evaluated by our veterinarian, who found that he was in good health. We have coordinated with the appropriate New York City law enforcement agencies, which have declined to examine the dog or take it into their custody. Accordingly, and consistent with input received from law enforcement, we have now complied with the owner's request for return of the dog," the post reads.

Cooper’s animal was taken from her care after she was seen on video grabbing the dog by the collar and choking it as she pulled him away from Christian Cooper, the black man whom she falsely claimed was harassing her. 

Christian, an avid birdwatcher, was in the park and asked Amy to leash the animal as they were in an area of the park where it was mandatory. 

Amy refused and began a racially charged confrontation, captured in part by Christian – which was then posted to Twitter by his sister. 

Christian stopped recording after Amy finally put her dog on a leash. 

Amy has now lost her job as a result of the viral video and, although the NYPD has said charges will not be filed, she is facing a human rights investigation.