It all started innocently enough. Shelter workers at Fox Valley Humane Association in Appleton, Wisconsin, wanted to get the word out about a 4-year-old chocolate Lab named Hank. But Hank comes as part of a package deal. Adopt Hank and you have to take his BFF, a purple stuffed hippo.

See above. Aren't they sweet together?

Well, maybe not. Apparently, the dynamic duo had a falling out.

Fuzzy Purple Hippo was rushed in for emergency surgery after near-decapitation. Details are murky, the shelter reports, and Hank is not talking.

The shelter posted: "(Yes, we have tried sternly asking, "what did you DO??" but he only looks away with a guilty look on his face.)"

After medical attention, the hippo was resting comfortably, but unfortunately had to wear the cone of shame.

Because Hank didn't 'fess up the first time, he was brought in for formal questioning. He didn't crack under pressure.

Meanwhile, Fuzzy Purple Hippo met with a therapist to see if she still felt safe in her relationship with Hank.

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UPDATE: Fuzzy Purple Hippo met with a therapist this morning to discuss whether or not she feels safe in her relationship with Hank. Although their love for one another is very apparent, we want to be sure that there are no underlying issues and that she is not suffering from any emotional scars from her injuries. HIPPO laws prohibit her therapist from disclosing what she said in their session. ...wait...we meant HIPPA laws, sorry. **Domestic violence and PTSD are serious issues. If you or someone you know are are suffering, help is available! The National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE PTSD USA Helpline 877-717-PTSD #fuzzypurplehippo #fvha #foxvalleyhumaneassociation #shelterlife

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And Hank met with his attorney, who advised him to plead the Fifth.

No word on how the legal situation worked out, but all the Instagram attention was good news for Hank. According to the shelter, a great family stepped up and gave both Hank and his hippo pal a new home. Maybe now they've worked things out and everyone will just get along.

Mary Jo DiLonardo writes about everything from health to parenting — and anything that helps explain why her dog does what he does.

Hank the dog busted for stuffed animal assault
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