NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An investigation by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Special Investigations Bureau found that the state’s fired vaccine chief, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, purchased the dog muzzle that she and her husband claimed someone had mailed the doctor in an attempt to intimidate her.
Tennessee officials fired Fiscus in July. She had been facing scrutiny from Republican state lawmakers over her department’s outreach efforts to vaccinate teenagers against COVID-19.
Fiscus claimed she was fired as a scapegoat to appease lawmakers. She provided FOX13 a copy of her termination letter, which did not explain the reasoning for her dismissal.
Fiscus and her husband claimed the muzzle was sent anonymously to her state office through Amazon shortly before her firing.
An investigation was opened at the request of the Director of Tennessee’s Emergency Preparedness Program, who was concerned that the dog muzzle was intended as a threat, according to records.
State investigators subpoenaed records from Amazon. The records showed that showed the purchase of the muzzle was linked to a credit card in Fiscus’ name.
FOX13 reached out to Dr. Fiscus and was sent this response:
“I was just made aware of the report from Homeland Security today when it was shared with me by Axios Nashville. I had requested that Homeland Security obtain a subpoena as Amazon refused to release details of the account that ordered the muzzle that was delivered to my office on July 3, 2021. We have now learned that a second Amazon account had been established under my name using what appears to be a temporary phone, possibly in Washington state. I have asked Homeland Security for the unredacted report so that I can investigate further and am awaiting their response.”
Dr. Fiscus also put out a tweet responding to the topic in which she denies sending the muzzle to herself.
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