Creative Social Media Helps Exonerate & Find Loving Home for Hank the Chocolate Lab

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“Busting” a dog for animal assault on a stuffed animal, a shelter in Appleton, Wisconsin proceeded to assist Hank, a 4-year-old chocolate lab mix, to exonerate himself, and be reunited with his trusty companion. Arriving at Fox Valley Humane Association in June, Hank was accompanied by his plush friend Fuzzy Purple Hippo. According to an article by HuffPost, “the two were inseparable.”

Seeing how Hank took to his stuffed animal, the staff at Fox Valley went as far as posting a picture of the two of them together on their Instagram page, hoping they would be adopted as a pair. Their posting read: “If you aren’t ready for a 4-year-old Chocolate Lab to come home when you adopt your fuzzy Hippopotamus…well, sorry, we can’t approve your application.” Friends to the end. Or so shelter staff thought…