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Lady Who Allegedly Sent a Dog Muzzle to Herself Might Be the Jussie Smollett of Health Officials

Tennessee’s recently fired vaccine chief has denied that she sent herself a dog muzzle in an attempt to make it look like she was being threatened.


Politically motivated crime hoaxes, such as the Jussie Smollett case, are fairly common.


A Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security investigation determined a dog muzzle sent to then-state medical director Michelle Fiscus’ office in July was purchased on Amazon using a credit card in her name, Axios reported Monday.

  • Shortly after receiving the muzzle, Fiscus was fired amid backlash from state Republicans, who objected to her campaign to get teens vaccinated.
  • In a subsequent appearance on CNN, Fiscus portrayed herself “as a heroic whistleblower fired for standing up to anti-Vax TN Republicans,” as conservative pundit A.G. Hamilton put it.

Money quote: “They obviously didn’t know me because they sent me a size 3, which is for beagles, and I’m obviously a pit bull,” Fiscus told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.


In a tweet Monday, Fiscus, a pediatrician, denied sending herself the muzzle and said she was the one who asked the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security to investigate the incident.

  • According to Axios, the Amazon account information Fiscus provided to investigators was different than the account used to purchase the dog muzzle.
  • “Report says a second account was made under my name from a phone in WA?” Fiscus tweeted.

Fiscus did not address that an American Express credit card in her name was used to buy the muzzle, per investigators.

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