Dog returned to white woman who called police on black man bird-watching in Central Park

Amy Cooper, is shown on video asking Christian Cooper to stop recording her, or she was going to call the police and tell them “there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
Amy Cooper, is shown on video asking Christian Cooper to stop recording her, or she was going to call the police and tell them “there’s an African American man threatening my life.” (Twitter/Melody Cooper)

(CNN) – Amy Cooper got her dog back.

The cocker spaniel belonging to the white woman who called police on Christian Cooper, a black man who was bird-watching in Central Park in May, has been returned to her.

"Abandoned Angels would like to express its gratitude for the outpouring of support regarding the dog that was recently placed in our custody, following release of a troubling video that was brought to our attention," according to a statement from Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, the shelter from where Cooper adopted the dog.

The dog had been evaluated by its veterinarian, "who found that he was in good health," the statement said. Various New York City law enforcement agencies declined to take the dog into custody, according to the shelter.

"Accordingly, and consistent with input received from law enforcement, we have now complied with the owner's request for return of the dog," according to the statement.

The incident in the park

Amy Cooper called police on Christian Cooper (no relation) on May 25 during an encounter involving her unleashed dog. Amy Cooper was walking her dog while Christian Cooper was bird-watching at a wooded area of Central Park called the Ramble. They both told CNN their dispute began because her dog was not on a leash, contrary to the Ramble's rules, according to the park's website.

The incident was seen as another example of white people calling the police on African Americans for mundane things.