Pittsburgh, PA—Local Dog Kinja has been taken into custody after an investigation concluded he lied under oath during a testimony in which he stated he was a good boy.
Kinja had been brought in as a witness last month during a trial concerning a crime Kinja and his owner had seen earlier this year.
“Do you swear you’re a good boy, a wholly good boy, and nothing but a good boy?” he’d been asked during the trial. He responded with an exaggerated head nod. Kinja went on to corroborate the story the prosecution was trying to tell.
The defendant’s legal team quickly went to work trying to dig up something on Kinja so that his testimony could be thrown out. They soon uncovered a video of Kinja’s owner teaching Kinja to nod when asked that very question. In addition, his owner had posted to social media the day before the trial that Kinja had chewed up a couch cushion.
The judge dismissed Kinja’s testimony, and Kinja was arrested soon after for lying under oath.
“It’s a big disappointment,” said Charles Mann, the prosecuting attorney who had been banking on Kinja’s witness. “Dogs often have these handlers, sometimes referred to as owners, who teach them tricks, like nodding when asked certain questions. Unfortunately, it appears Kinja had a handler who taught him to nod when asked whether he’s a good boy, whether or not the answer is really yes.”
Kinja has been released on $500 bail and is expected to go to court in the coming months. The Post asked Kinja how he was feeling about the experience.
“Oh boy, this was such a great day!” Kinja enthused. “I got to go on a bunch of walks with a bunch of fun people in funny clothes, and there were all kinds of amazing smells. And now I am back home with Master! It was just the best.”