Faking with Foxy: Police say Dog Rescuer is a Fraud

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BgTY5UDCUAAMGVSGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 25, 2014) — The woman who claimed she found an injured puppy in a garbage can has admitted to making the story up.

McKenzie Coleman, 18, claimed to find an eight-week-old Chihuahua-mix that was tossed into a garbage can and abandoned.

Coleman said she heard the puppy crying in the trash can near her home.  She said she cared for the puppy and named it “Foxy” until contacting Kent County Animal Control.

Now that story is changing.  According to police, Coleman admitted to lying about the dog’s circumstances.

After the story gained media attention in West Michigan and a huge wave of people offered to adopt her, police received several tips that Coleman was lying.

Foxy had one eye removed during surgery shortly after she was brought to the animal shelter.

Coleman told police she didn’t want to be perceived as a “bad person” for dropping off an injured dog at the animal shelter and that her story later “spiraled out of control.”

Police say they don’t know the true story behind Foxy and add that this is not a criminal case.

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    • Tracy

      True enough as if it were an accident she would have took the dog in to get help. But she made up a lie to cover her tracks by saying she kept the dog for a week before turning him over that way anyone that seen the Dog with her would not know the difference.Everyone involved should be charged as her Mother sat right there along side her while on the news knowing she was lying .THE MOTHER DESERVES MOTHER OF THE YEAR .

  • Ojibajo

    It's a criminal case if she injured that dog! She may not have but they should investigate her to make sure. I do know that people will get pets, not realizing the cost associated with having them. They get hurt or sick and they can't afford to take them to the vet so they surrender them.

    • BarbR

      According to the news reports the list of adopters has been narrowed to 20, but I don't think the pup has been adopted. WOODTV has a cute video of the pup playing with a cat at KCAC

  • Tracy

    When last checked filing a false police report is a crime and injuring a animal is also a CRIME !! why no charges? People knew she had the dog it got hurt some how and she lied to authority's .People dont realize inimical control personal are officers.If she hurt this animal or knows who did she is guilty just as bad as the people that hurt the 2 dogs that were found dead.