GRPD: Foxy was not found in the trash

Foxy is seen on "24 Hour News 8 Daybreak." (Feb. 14, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The woman who said she found a puppy in a trash bin has admitted to making up the story, police say.

Foxy, a Chihuahua mix, was brought to the Kent County Animal Shelter earlier this month. She was about eight weeks old at the time. Foxy went on to have surgery on her injured left eye, which was removed, and was put up for adoption.

Foxy, after getting out of surgery. (Feb. 12, 2014)
(Foxy, after getting out of surgery. Feb. 12, 2014)

McKenzie Coleman told Kent County authorities — and 24 Hour News 8 — that she found Foxy in a garbage can in the freezing cold.

But Grand Rapids police say that’s not true, and that Coleman admitted to lying about where Foxy came from. She said she got the idea from a morning radio show.

GRPD has investigated and determined that no crime was committed.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is required to take all animals brought to it, regardless of the circumstances surrounding why a person does not want an animal.

The Kent County Animal Shelter says it has received about 50 applications from people who want to adopt Foxy. That has been narrowed down to about 20 based on shelter requirements, like whether other pets have been properly licensed and vaccinated, and whether applicants’ landlords allow pets.

Potential owners will be interviewed this week to narrow the list down further. If the shelter can’t decide which family is right for Foxy, they may have to decide where she goes by picking a name out of a hat.

Spokeswoman Lisa LaPlante said that overall adoptions went up 20% the week Foxy was found. People who came into look at her adopted other animals.

Friday, the animal shelter posted a video on its Facebook page of Foxy playing with a grown cat named Anchovy, who is also up for adoption.

If you’re looking to adopt an animal, you can go to

Foxy playing with a cat named Anchovy. (Courtesy the Kent County Animal Shelter. - Feb. 21, 2014)
(Foxy playing with Anchovy. Courtesy the Kent County Animal Shelter. – Feb. 21, 2014)


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