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Police: Puppies Weren't Actually Abandoned in Park

Updated: December 06, 2018 11:15 PM

Police say it turns out the two puppies supposedly found in a Scanlon park weren't actually abandoned, and that the story was part of an effort by a juvenile to get parental permission to keep the animals.

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Cloquet Police had initially said Thursday morning that they were investigating a report of puppies being abandoned in Sather Park.  After conducting interviews, officers learned that the animals had actually been purchased or received by a juvenile.

Police say the juvenile hoped a parent would let him or her keep the animals by saying that they had been found in the park.  The ruse did not work and news of the supposedly-abandoned puppies quickly spread on social media.

"We apologize for any inconvenience or unnecessary emotions this incident has caused with the original posting. Our goal at CPD is to be engaging and to share as much information with our community as possible, and we understand it is more important to be accurate than first," Commander/Investigator Derek Randall said in a news release.

The puppies remain in possession of the person who reported the incident to police.

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