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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.

SO WHAT

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

WHAT HAPPENED

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.

HER SIDE OF THE STORY

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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