Police get tips on Foxy’s rescue story

Foxy the puppy. (Feb. 14, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they are looking into the story of a woman who says she rescued an injured puppy from a trash can after receiving multiple tips that her story could be false.

24 Hour News 8 reached out to McKenzie Coleman Friday, and she said she sticks by her story – saying she found Foxy, an 8-week-old Chihuahua-mix puppy, in a dumpster and did the right thing. Foxy later went on to have surgery on her injured left eye, which was removed, and will soon be up for adoption.

Coleman told officials she found Foxy on Feb. 3 in a trash can outside of her house in Grand Rapids.

But after the story of Foxy’s rescue was aired by local media outlets after being notified by the Kent County Animal Shelter, tips started coming in that her story was made up.

Part of the reason was that Coleman told the Kent County Health Department that she found the dog on Feb. 3, but Facebook photos show her with the dog – who she named Left Eye – on Jan. 21.

24 Hour News 8 questioned Coleman about the allegations and she blamed her iPad, saying, quote: “I don’t know if that’s in January because my iPad doesn’t cooperate. It’s a new iPad from Kentucky so the dates will change and the clock changes.”

Police stopped by Coleman’s house Friday to question her family further about the case. But they are sticking to their original story and are adamant that they’re not making it up.

The case is not being looked into as a criminal matter at this time and no charges have been filed, according to police.

Police also said Foxy’s eye injury did not appear to be a recent injury.

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