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‘Poor woman was just doing a good thing’: Kindhearted woman saves stray dog but alleged owner initiates harassment campaign

'Why are people like this?'

Update July 11, 11:00am CT: The original version of this article contained TikTok videos that were deleted by the user’s account. It has since been updated to reflect the most recent information.

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The best thing about living in a small town is the drama. Word travels fast in a small town, and even faster thanks to the internet. Unfortunately, bullying does too.

A musician and creator on TikTok learned that lesson all too well when she rescued a dog out of the goodness of her heart, only to receive an influx of human cruelty.

Leni picked up a dog, whom she called “Greeter,” on the side of the road in Tennessee. When she found her, Greeter was in pretty bad shape; she’d just given birth and had a wound from being shot with a BB gun. She was visibly malnourished, and obviously struggling.

Naturally, Leni took the dog to the local veterinarian to have her checked out, and to see if she was microchipped so that Leni could find the owner. The vet even confirmed that if Leni hadn’t picked up the dog, she probably would have died.

Leni proceeded to post online that she had found a missing dog, and was paying to take care of it until she could find the owner.

A woman named Lacie saw the posts and messaged Leni to let her know that she believed Greeter to be her golden retriever, Itty Bitty, whom she and her family had lost a year and a half ago. When Leni didn’t respond, Lacie messaged her over and over again.

Once five hours went by with no response, Lacie went on Facebook telling her community that Leni had her dog and refused to respond to her, insinuating that Itty Bitty was essentially being held hostage.

This led everyone in her Tennessee town to harass Leni, who was working at the time until she responded to Lacie’s numerous messages. Lacie has since deleted her account, but thankfully, TikTok creator Stars and the Cosmos kept track of the entire saga and relayed it to their audience.

@starsandthecosmos

update: @Lacie deleted her account but the dogfinder is @L E N I . shes done so much for this dog and she is truly an incredible person. wishing the best for Leni and greeter ♥️♥️♥️ #dog #pets

♬ original sound – star 🧡🤍🩷 they/them

Leni asked Lacie to stop her entire town from harassing her, to which Lacie basically told her that it wasn’t her fault and that she couldn’t control them.

Regardless, Lacie and her family sent Leni pictures of Itty Bitty and Leni noticed some discrepancies between Greeter and Itty Bitty.

First, every vet that Leni visited said that Greeter could not have been more than a year and a half in age. Based on the information Leni had been given, her dog was born in the spring of 2022, putting her at around 2 years old.

Not only that, but photos of Lacie’s dog showed a long-haired golden retriever with a completely different facial shape. Per screenshots that Leni posted, Itty Bitty’s family was very resistant to the idea that this could be anyone’s dog but hers and refused to understand why Leni didn’t think a DNA test was warranted.

They claimed that the timeline checks out, and dog hair gets brittle when malnourished.

Despite obvious differences, Leni agreed to do a DNA test with Greeter since Lacie owned the parents of her lost dog and would be able to track whether or not they were all related. Lacie asked Leni to bring Greeter to her vet to have the test done.

When Leni couldn’t make it more than an hour from where she lived on a weekday, and didn’t feel safe entering a community that had bullied her so relentlessly online, the family responded that if Leni didn’t feel safe, they knew the police chief.

After much discourse and much online bullying, they agreed to come to Leni’s vet for the test.

@leniblackmusic

🤷‍♀️ Greeter says “whaooot in the wowld is going owwn?!”

♬ sabrina please please please – iman .ᐟ⋆.✶

Come to find out, the dog was not in fact Lacie’s. Something that Leni probably could have told her a long time ago. She was even able to track down Greeter’s original owners, who informed Leni that they were no longer interested in keeping that dog, and were perfectly fine if Greeter moved on to a different family.

@leniblackmusic

Who’s up? This dog is NOT Itty Bitty. We have proof. The owners do not want her anymore. As suspected she ran away after having babies most likely after being shot and we found our angel sent to us. Hope this clears things up. Much love.

♬ original sound – L E N I

Leni took to the internet to address the bullying and harassment she’d received thanks to Lacie and her family. It seems every step of the way, every time Leni didn’t do exactly what they wanted her to, Lacie complained about it online, and Leni received yet another influx of hate.

To this day, people are still harassing her for making it difficult for the family to get back their dog (who was not their dog, as it turned out).

Despite such an exhausting, confusing, and tumultuous journey, Leni is coming out the other side with a happy ending. She gets to keep her new best friend, Greeter, and Lacie has deleted her TikTok account.

Hopefully, Leni will never hear from Lacie, her family, or her vicious community ever again.

In a recent update, Leni posted the official results from the DNA test. In an email from the vet that tested the three dogs, she let Leni know that Lacie’s dogs, Shiloh and Comet, are not at all related to Greeter. In the email she stated that tests are 99% accurate, confirming what everyone but Lacie agreed on. Greeter is once again, still, not her long-lost dog Itty Bitty.

Considering that literally nothing matched up, no one is surprised. Leni posted the results of her very own episode of Maury to a sound clip from the show in which a man is extremely happy to find out that he is not a father.

Rather appropriate.

People are calling on Lacie and her family for a formal apology after all of the harassment Leni and her new dog Greeter had to go through, especially after scientifically confirming that Leni was right and honest the entire time. Shockingly, not a peep has been heard from Lacie and her family after such an embarrassing display of “I told you so” on Leni’s end.

Sure, sadly, they couldn’t find their dog and it definitely seemed like they were holding on the that last slimmer of hope for dear life, but unfortunately bullying and harassment would not bring their dog back nor would it magically turn Greeter into Itty Bitty.

But from now on, after a tumultuous start to their relationship, Leni and Greeter get to embark on their life together, unbothered, and thriving.


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Jensen is a Freelance Writer at We Got This Covered. She specializes in TikTok and social media content. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Journalism at Columbia University and has a degree in Foreign Language & Communications Media. Jensen spends way too much time scrolling on TikTok and is grateful for a position that lets her write about it.