Central Park 'Karen' in viral video gets her dog back

1010 WINS Newsroom
June 04, 2020 - 10:47 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The white woman who called police on a black birdwatcher in Central Park in an exchange that went viral has gotten her dog back, the animal rescue group to which she surrendered the pet said Wednesday. 

Amy Cooper “voluntarily surrendered” her dog to Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue after a video showing her calling police to report she was being threatened by birdwatcher Christian Cooper began circulating. 

The video showed her pulling her dog by its collar as she told police she was being "threatened by an African-American man” in the Ramble. 

Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue on Wednesday said the dog was “promptly evaluated by our veterinarian (after the Central Park incident), 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,” the animal rescue group wrote. 

“Accordingly, and consistent with input received from law enforcement, we have now complied with the owner’s request for return of the dog,” it added. 

The Central Park exchange started when Christian Cooper asked Amy Cooper — who was letting her dog run through the Ramble off leash — to put the dog back on its leash.