After careful review, investigators concluded that the stuffed animal wasn't attacked at all. They believe that she had been attempting to climb over the kennel to unlock it after closing time so that she and Hank could sneak some treats. In the process, Fuzzy Purple Hippo had gotten snagged on the door while Hank looked on in horror.
"His heart wrenching howl could be heard throughout the shelter as she struggled to free herself but could not. Hank slid his bed to the door, made a mountain of his blankets, and climbed atop it all until he could stretch high enough to rescue his damsel in distress," the shelter surmised. "Hank cared for his princess throughout the night until the staff arrived and Dr. Laura could perform the life-saving surgery that she needed."
Hank had been exonerated — and actually hailed a hero.