03 November 2019 20:32
A former Navy SEAL invited on Fox News to talk about military dogs suddenly went off-topic when he blurted out, "Epstein didn't kill himself." Warrior Dog Foundation founder Mike Ritland was on "Watters' World" Saturday to discuss the heroism of dogs like Conan, the Belgian Malinois wounded as he helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. At the end of his segment, Ritland asked to do a "PSA" to discourage people from rushing out to adopt the military-used dogs — then sneaked in at the end, "And Epstein didn't kill himself." "Alright," host Jesse Waters initially replied, quickly breaking into laughter as it appeared to sink in what the former SEAL had said. "OK. Thank you for that commentary," Watters said, still chuckling. "Maybe more on that later," he smiled as the segment ended.
Jeffrey Epstein's death in his Manhattan lockup in August has long sparked conspiracy theories — which were heightened last Wednesday when famed pathologist Dr. Michael Baden claimed the politically-connected moneyman was killed. "I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide," Baden, who monitored the autopsy on behalf of Epstein's brother, insisted on Fox News. However, the city's chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, dismissed his claims later the same day. "Our investigation concluded that the cause of Mr. Epstein's death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide," Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said in a statement. "We stand by the determination." Ritland, who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom, started the Warrior Dog Foundation "with the sole purpose of giving back to the Special Operations K-9 Community," his website says.
"The Warrior Dog Foundation helps to transition these K-9 heroes from an operational environment into our state-of-the-art kennel facility," it says, treating each with "dignity and grace" for the rest of their lives. The foundation also wants to start a scholarship fund for the families of handlers who are wounded or killed, as well as start a museum for service dogs. The remarkable nature of these dogs and them being highlighted in news creates a huge demand by people that frankly shouldn't have them. If you see the coverage and you decide I want one of these dogs either buy a fully trained and finished dog from a professional or don't get one at all.