Dog Arc

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An image of Music (Zola), from the Longmont Humane Society's Facebook page.
Name: Zola
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Arcs Involved: Dog Arc

On July 9, 2023, Daniel adopted a dog from the Longmont Humane Society, an animal adoption center, in Longmont, Colorado, to which he then after named Music (formerly Zola). Daniel's reasoning for adopting this dog was his want, and furthermore, delusion, for "security", repeatedly claiming Music to be a "guard dog", when, in reality, Zola was a regular house pet with no such capabilities.

Daniel's announcement of the adoption sparked intense outrage in the subreddit dedicated to him, and other communities, along with sparking controversy, questioning if it was justified to take a homeless man’s dog, as well as its legality.

Many users demanded the dog to be returned to the shelter due to factors such as Daniel's inability to financially support himself, a lack of a constant food source or shelter, his various mental illnesses, and the general negligence he continues to exhibit. Even worse, people feared that Daniel's violent tendencies towards people and property made Music a potential target in Daniel's next meltdown, and could result in Daniel hurting the dog in a fit of rage, like he’s done to many others, especially as documents leaked of himself being described as being violent towards animals.

Not long after Daniel adopted Music, multiple rescue missions were carried out by people such as Ox, however the most notable one was carried out by former Daniel Larson YouTuber, Goated Mines, and many other members of the /r/Daniellarson subreddit. Through a Discord server, Flexburger, and multiple others, collaborated to save Music. Two days later on July 11th, WeenWeenMusic, or simply Ween, rescued Music from Daniel, making this the shortest arc in Daniel Larson history due to it lasting for barely two days.

Following Music's rescue, Daniel had a meltdown inside of a Walmart, wherein he destroyed merchandise and attempted to hijack a bus, before being apprehended by authorities. After being released from police custody, Daniel made bomb threats against the White House (which he would later be charged for) and was promptly admitted into a psychiatric ward, where he'd stay for the next week.

Since the rescue, Daniel has expressed a desire to adopt a new animal several times. Despite this, he has not been able (nor tried) to adopt another animal.


Many weeks before the adoption occurred, Daniel stated that he wanted to adopt a dog and several other pets. Many people considered the odds of Daniel ever adopting any sort of animal to be very slim, as Daniel cannot properly care for himself, and his homelessness would definitely bar him from adopting any sort of animal. On many occasions, he has said that he has security and a team of people dedicated to protecting him. Daniel wanting to adopt a dog to protect him fell in line with these delusions.

During this time, Daniel had a manager by the name of Warren, although little is known about him. Warren most likely told Daniel to keep his location a secret. This can be inferred from the amount of times Daniel was found lying about his location to throw people off of his scent, such as lying about being in motel rooms. Additionally, Daniel was still using Cameo, a video making service where people would give him money for him to make custom videos. This gave him plenty of money to adopt a dog.

A long Reddit post made by a worker of the Longmont Humane Society.

On July 9th, 2023, Daniel adopted Music (formerly named Zola), a German Shepard mix, from the Longmont Humane Society, an animal shelter in Longmont, Colorado. However, it is not know how long Daniel was in Longmont. Daniel's reasoning for getting a dog was for Music to act as security, more specifically as a "guard dog". While Daniel was allowed to adopt Music and walk out of the shelter with her, workers and bystanders were concerned about Daniel getting a dog, but nobody truly tried to stop him.

A concerned bystanders comment who claims to have seen Daniel whilst adopting Music.

There was an attempt by Humane Society employees to slow down the adoption process, but they ultimately allowed Daniel to take Music with him. In a Reddit AMA published on July 11th, 2023 by a worker at the Longmont Humane Society, they admit that the animal shelter did not do any sort of background check on Daniel.

The worker went on to explain that people adopting animals lying about their living conditions was common at the shelter, and many people of Daniel's stature passed through and were perfectly capable of caring for dogs

After being informed of who Daniel was, they were horrified. Though, even with this information, they still expressed disgust with the way many members of the Daniel Larson subreddit, and people from other platforms, treated the workers and Longmont Humane Society as a whole. The employee went on to claim that humane society workers had to now had to deal with several emergency service calls which resulted in first responders showing up due to swatting attempts, or false bomb threats. While extremely plausible, it’s worth noting that these events are unconfirmed.

The worker urged people to stop harassing the Humane Society, as they were actively working to fix the situation, and, beforehand, they were not aware of dangerousness of the situation. Following the incident with Daniel, the society firmly stated that background checks were now under serious review, and confirmed that Daniel had been permanently banned.

The adoption fee was likely around $100, which Daniel was easily able to afford due to his then active Cameo. While the shelter did not allow the homeless to adopt, Daniel lied on his application, claiming to live in an RV, which allowed him to adopt Music as they took Daniel by his word.

Even more confusingly, Music was later found to have Giardia, a parasitic infection that affects the digestive system. Daniel would later claim that he got dry food for her, but no video or photo evidence of this would ever surface, which lead community members to question the validity of this. Daniel initially did not post about Music at all, only having her posted when a fan named Keith, who was in the area, took a video of her.[2]

He had taken a video while Daniel was seated at a Jimmy Johns, where he's seen talking to Daniel about his new "guard dog" while taunting Joshua Block. After this interaction, Daniel would start posting videos of Music, most notably one where he goaded her to look at camera, only for Music to ignore him. This immediately sparked shock in the community when they realized that this was not someone else's dog, but a dog he had adopted himself.

Goated Mines, who would later play an integral part in this arc, would manage to get a hold of Keith, asking him why he hadn't said anything or shown any concern at all about the dog. Keith had been urged to snatch Music, even offered to be paid, although, Keith never took this deal and shortly after blocked Goated Mines.[3]

Following this, multiple members of the subreddit banded together to return Music back to the Humane Society as they believed Daniel was unfit to take care of a dog due to his previous outbursts. Many members also feared that he would potentially hurt the dog in the event of him having a meltdown.

This sparked immediate calls to collect Music and bring her back to the Longmont Humane Society. Despite the fact it is likely illegal to take the dog from him, Daniel had lied about his living arrangements to adopt her and had therefore adopted her fraudulently. Secondly, Daniel was a frequent caller of the Denver police, so the odds of him being taken seriously when calling in were ultimately slim. Third, Daniel has little idea of how the legal system actually works (and additionally, he has been sent to jail several time), and no matter how many unspecified legal threats he would make, it is most likely that no charges would be pressed.

Daniel is confronted as a liar.

This call to action reached the ears of many people, most notably one of Daniel's older managers, Ox. Even though the opinion of Ivan in the community is largely negative, him posting in the subreddit about his attempts to rescue Daniel's dog lead people to be hopeful that he could maybe redeem himself and return with Music safely. In the time it took Ox to arrive from Wyoming, Goated Mines and many others called Longmont Animal Control and the Longmont Humane Society. While the Humane Society did not answer the phone, presumably due to the amount of harassment they were receiving, Animal Control was made aware of the situation. This would later be corroborated by Ox, who said he'd seen Animal Control checking the Longmont area when he finally arrived in Colorado.

A public statement issued by Longmont Humane Society.

Not long after, Daniel began to post more videos of Music. In these videos, she looked incredibly hot and anxious, and could be heard whimpering.

Eventually, the Longmont Humane Society saw fit to issue a public statement regarding the situation, only a day after the adoption. In their statement, the Longmont Humane Society acknowledged the situation and informed the public that they were doing everything in their power to get Music away from Daniel.

An image posted on Facebook asking for people's help in locating Music, and Daniel.

In the meantime, other people who were out of state or unable to reach Daniel made efforts to spread awareness of the situation. YouTubers such as Goated Mines and SmokeyMcc, who made videos explaining the situation. There were also members of the community who were making Facebook posts, trying to spread the word so Music could be found.

Daniel spotting in Union Station.

While people were working to rescue Music, concerns grew as the forecast predicted heat over 90 degrees, which would be very stressful to a dog without proper cooling or water. Daniel is known to walk multiple miles for things, and something like that could be potentially fatal to a dog of Music's size without water, shade and rest. Daniel would become very quiet online, eventually travelling to Union Station in Denver and meeting with a group of young men. These people were exposed for belonging to a group called "EXPO PRODUCTIONS", who made music videos. They'd spent time with Daniel before, making people believe that they were aware of the situation and who Daniel was.

After meeting at Union Station, they would make their way to a bridge along Riverway, where they would try to film another music video.[4] Daniel would soon start live streaming on his YouTube channel, Daniel Larson NYC 13. While he was live, people started working to find his location so animal control could move in and seize Music.

Because doxxing was not allowed on the subreddit, many, most notably Goated Mines, created Discord servers where people could work together to find Daniel and Music. In these servers, some members made posts to Longmont and Denver pages, urging people to look out for Daniel and to immediately report him when seen. Some people even claimed to have seen Daniel in the area, having been worried about his mental state.

Worried Facebook comments, posted under a warning about Daniel.

While the live stream went on, it seemed as though Music was mostly ignoring Daniel. He had repeatedly tried to call her name to get her attention, though she did not listen to Daniel. Additionally, Daniel would constantly refer to Music as a "he". The dog would frequently bark at the people around Daniel, which people speculated to be a sign of stress. Daniel said her barking was because of her "guard dog nature", and spoke at length about how he'd gotten Music so she could act as protection for him. The stream was mostly uneventful as the members of Expo Productions continued to film their music video, with occasional commentary from Daniel.

After the stream was done, Goated Mines would reach out to Expo Productions, asking if they knew where Daniel was, as well as expressing concern for the safety of Music. He was informed that Daniel was last seen at Union Station, and that the police were contacted about the situation. The validity of this claim in unclear.

Goated Mines message to a member of Expo Productions.

Eventually, Daniel's location was found: under Cherry Creek, on Lake Street. As soon as Daniel was found, multiple people contacted Animal Control and informed them of Daniel's location and abusive past. Animal Control said they'd send over someone to the area. As the live stream came to a close, Daniel announced that he was going to Starbucks. Because of this, Animal Control had missed their window of opportunity.

Before ending the stream, Daniel would say he was going to go live again in around half an hour. Members of both the subreddit and Discord waited for him to go live once more before calling again, as to not make Animal Control suspicious. While the Starbucks Daniel visited was found extremely quickly, Daniel was not there. While Daniel was at Starbucks, he posted a few videos of him giving Music a heartbreakingly small amount of water in what was later found to be a bowl made for cats and puppies.

Before heading back to Union Station, Daniel took a video of him and Music in a car. It was clear that Music was tired and anxious. Despite Expo Productions positive interactions with Daniel, they appear to have called the police after having been informed of the situation. However, the police were unable to intervene due to Daniel boarding a train soon after.

While Daniel was located at a train station, Animal Control was called again, but they missed him. Around this time, Goated Mines created a Discord server called "Ceel Team 6", which would eventually go on to successfully save Music.

Treatment of Zola

Daniel is not fit to take care of himself, let alone a dog. While Daniel had Music, he demonstrated multiple times why he was unfit to care for her, and why he shouldn't have had a dog in the first place

Daniel cited that his reason for adopting Music was for her to act “as a guard dog”, believing she was trained as such and would protect him from "danger". It also must be noted that Daniel frequently misgendered the dog, referring to Zola as a male. This may seem like an insignificant error, however, a dog's gender is very important information, especially if Zola were to receive shots or any significant medical treatment.[5]

Additionally, Music was severely underfed, Daniel only giving her extremely small amounts of food and water. In a Youtube comment, published July 10th, Daniel noted that Music was not an, "...extreme cuddle bug," referencing that the dog had not wanted to touch or be near him.

On July 10, 2023, Daniel purchased a small water bowl for $4.[6] When the members of the subreddit dug further, they uncovered that the bowl Daniel had purchased was designed for cats, which was grossly insufficient for a dog of Zola's size.[7] The only water Daniel had gotten for Music consisted of small cups of water from various fast food chains, such as Starbucks and McDonald's, which is not nearly enough water for a dog as big as an adult German Shepard. This is also factoring in that Daniel claimed to only give her water every 2 hours, which most likely dehydrated her, coupled with the hotness in the summer months.

Daniel, believing that a Puppacino and nachos are appropriate dog food.

Daniel failed to provide adequate food for Music several times. Daniel claimed to have had a bag of dry food for her, which is most likely the truth, considering that the Humane Society gives all people who adopt animals food, however, Daniel claimed that Music refused to eat. In every video of Music that Daniel had posted, she was seen audibly whimpering with her ears down, visibly stressed.

The only other 'food' Daniel claimed to get Music was a, "puppacino," which is essentially a small cup of whipped cream, believing that to be appropriate dog food.[8]

In a YouTube comment, made on July 11th, Daniel detailed the food he had given to Music, even contemplating giving Music nachos as he thought it "would help". Nachos may contain ingredients like jalapeños and onions, which are known to be extremely harmful to dogs, and in some cases, fatal.

Daniel fully admitted to possibly harming Music, which is very telling of what his behavior would be if he had kept her any longer.

Despite all of this, Daniel remained adamant that he was able to support a dog.[9]

Rescue Attempts


Soon after it was discovered that Daniel had gotten a dog, Ox posted on Reddit asking for Daniel's location to rescue the dog. Ox said that he would get to Colorado by motorcycle.[10] He posted this on July 9th, at 10:00PM Larson Time (Mountain Daylight Time).

The next morning at 7:37AM, Ox made another post stating that he was charging his bike and that he would be leaving soon. Additionally, he asked the community not to criticize the rescue as some of the subreddit members started to do so.

At 10:25AM, Ox posted that he had, "...touched down," in Colorado and was now looking for Daniel, asking the subreddit for his approximate location.[11]

A little over an hour later, at 11:49AM, Ox posted that he was unable to locate Daniel, saying that he was calling off his search for him and that he had to return to LA. This post was heavily downvoted unlike the previous posts.[12]

In another post from Ox at 2:13PM, he detailed, "Dan is gone. I have someone helping, he is headed to Denver to see bob. Took the train I think it’s why he’s silent. Yes, I am here." along with a photo of his bike on a street in Longmont, Colorado.[13] In the comments of the post, Ox stated that he would try again either tomorrow (July 11) or the day after (July 12) indicating that it was difficult to pinpoint Daniel's exact location.

Despite these attempts, Ox was unsuccessful and never managed to catch Daniel.


After Ox's post regarding the end of his search for Daniel, KeanuReeveswithagun left a comment on the post.

The Reddit user posted a couple of additional posts attempting to locate Daniel and an 'En Route' post with a picture of a Longmont road sign at around 1:38PM.[14] After Ox's 'Dan is gone' post, they posted a final update at 2:52PM where they admit that they missed Daniel, and hoped someone could possibly confront him in Denver.

Goated Mines, and Ceel Team 6

On July 10, 2023, a YouTuber called Goated Mines, known as GoatedPiston on Reddit, uploaded a video titled, "Daniel Larson Got a Dog... We need to save it...” where he documents the situation up to that point, as well as talking about his contact with animal control and the Longmont Humane Society. He also announced a reward of $100 for anyone who could get Music away from Daniel.

On the same day, Goated Mines made a post on the subreddit discussing Longmont Humane Society’s response to him. Archival of this post is sparse, and it is most likely lost.

Later on, Goated Mines would make a Discord server called Ceel Team 6 with several other members of the community, including Flexburger, dedicated to saving Music. Unlike the others, this would prove extremely successful.

Zola's Rescue

Leaked image of "Ceel Team 6" members after performing the Music rescue operation!

On July 10, a group calling themselves, "Ceel Team 6", would track down and save Music. Notable members of this group included Goated Mines, WeenWeenMusic, SlimJiMorrison, and Flexburger.

The team spent two days locating and pinpointing Daniel's whereabouts, from finding a bridge that Daniel had filmed a music video at to the park he spent the night in. Ultimately, Daniel's love for nachos would be his downfall, as the restaurant he was staying at would be pinpointed and tracked before he could leave.

Picture of Music shared by Ween.

On July 11, 2023, WeenWeenmusic, also known as Ween (not to be confused with the term used for individuals who fail at trolling), a member of the Ceel Team 6 Discord server, was able to rescue Music by finding the restaurant Daniel was loitering at. Ween was able to obtain Music by asking Daniel if she had permission to make sure that she was okay, pretending to be a vet. Not long after, she simply walked away and put her in their car, Daniel not putting up much of a fight.[15]

Soon after, Ween started a voice call in the Ceel Team 6 discord server. During this call, Music was identified as having Giardia, a parasite that passes through stool.[16] Soon after the call, Goated Mines posted an image of Music on Reddit with the caption, "MUSIC IS SAFE."[17] After requests for more proof, she later posted a video of Music.[18]

Ween herself soon posted an update to Reddit explaining what they would do with any donations that were sent their way as well as some more photos of Music.

Goated Mines posted another update stating that Zola (Music) was on her way back to Longmont with one of the animal caretakers.[19] This post was followed by another post once she made it.[20] Under this post, a subreddit member questioned if Daniel could walk into the shelter and ask for Zola to be returned to him. The Longmont worker who'd posted in the server earlier responded, saying that, unforunately, they would have to.[21]

Thankfully, Daniel never did try to get Zola back into his posession.


7/11 Incident

Main Article: The 7/11 Incident

Daniel's intense reaction to Music being taken led to Daniel going into a violent range. Bizzarly, It is reported that he entered a Walmart and began destroying several stands of merchandise, as well as trying to hijack a bus full of senior citizens. This prompted customers to restrain him until the police arrived. Afterwards, Daniel was taken into police custody and questioned as to why he performed these actions. However, it can be assumed that he never faced any charges during the initial arrest.

Many refer to this as the July 11th incident or the 7/11 incident. This incident was originally lost media, as it was one of the very rare incidents that was not recorded by either Daniel or bystanders, but has since been recovered via police bodycam footage.

Post-Rescue Community Tab Posts

About seven Hours after Goated Mines' post announcing that Music was safe, Daniel became active on his YouTube community page, claiming that he had just gotten out of police custody and that he had received new criminal charges.[22][23][24] He asked the community to help him get Music back, and alleged that World of T-Shirts, another lolcow he'd interacted with in the past, was somehow connected to, "the dognapping situation."[25][26][27]

"My current injuries from after the dog napping at Walmart when the police were called"

Daniel explained that he was injured both due to "self-injurious behaviors" which is implied to be from him hitting himself repeatedly, along with Walmart security guards taking him down.

A few minutes after this post, Daniel began to tell his side of the story. He repeated parts of the story multiple times and used speech-to-text to write out the posts. The order of events from Daniel is questionable. Below is an attempt at putting the most relevant pieces in order

Phone Call


After the flurry of posts attempting to describe what happened, Daniel stopped to call someone. That person put Daniel on speakerphone and played it through a Discord call, where Goated Mines was able to record it. The recorded call was later posted on YouTube. Goated Mines provided a very brief description in a Reddit post.[29] At the time, the specific details of this incident would be unknown, but it would soon be identified as the 7/11 Incident.

Discord call with Daniel After the incident. Goated Mines is not the one speaking with Daniel


While still posting on his YouTube community page, Daniel also uploaded some videos regarding the situation. He started by demanding, under the threat of murder, that Bob needed to make a social media account, go live, and, "put it out there, right fucking now, that I am not lying" on the threat that he would murder Bob.[30]

Daniel then uploaded a video stating, in between heavy breathes, that he is taking this to the Supreme Court and that security companies refuse to work with Daniel as they don't believe what he tells them.[31]

Daniel calls 911 multiple times; on one of the calls he claimed to have screamed that he had a bomb and hung up. He believed this would help him get his story heard, and claimed that people were assaulting his family members, despite almost all of them wanting nothing to do with him. Despite this seeming like it would have no consequences, Daniel would go to jail almost a year later for threats like these.[32]

Not long after, Daniel would post another video.[33]


Livestream, and eventual blackout

Main Article: Video:Daniel Larson calls for security

Daniel's last video for the night, and soon after, the week, was a YouTube live stream where he filmed himself talking with EMTs about how his popularity was out of control and that he feared for his life. He explained multiple times that the reason for his behavior and multiple 9-1-1 calls was to have his story heard.

During the interaction, he was also charged for damage to a wall at the School of Mines for $500. The live ended as he arrived at the hospital, preparing for a visit to the mental health unit and possibly to speak to social service workers. Daniel is not allowed a phone in the unit, resulting in no new content for the next week.

Mental Hospital Voicemail

On July 13th, a very medicated sounding Daniel left a voicemail from the mental health unit to an unknown party (presumed to be for his then manager, Warren) giving an update on his overall status and in particular the progress of his discharge. This voicemail is leaked to the subreddit via Flexburger.[34] Besides the obvious effects of the medication on the timbre of his voice and pacing of his speech, this call is perhaps most notable for Daniel's correct pronunciation of the word of the word "request", a word he usually pronounces as "recrest".[35]

Daniel claiming to have chipped Music.
"I just bought another dog"

On July 19th, 2023, eight days after the livestream, Daniel was finally released from the mental health unit. Not long after, Daniel returned his usual delusional state, stating that he still needed to find his dog[36] and that he had also filed charges against the "dog napper".[37]

Daniel also made a post claiming that the mental health hospital didn't put him on any medication, though this appears to be a lie.[38] He later uploaded a video entitled "proof Daniel Larson can take care of a dog" which was just a video of Daniel giving Music some water from the time he still had access to her.[39] No matter how much Daniel said that he was going to get Music back, or any type of animal, he never managed to.

Daniel made additional posts claiming that he'd bought another dog, and asking if he should buy a cat as well.[40] It is clear from videos uploaded that Daniel did not purchase another animal. Following this event, animal shelters or any place for adopting pets in Daniel’s area had been made aware to not give him any type of animal, so the likelihood of there being a sequel to this arc is unlikely, especially given his criminal charges following the 7/11 Incident.


On October 31, 2023, Daniel, rocking his reverse mohawk, appeared in front of a judge at Jefferson County Court for the charges made against him during his time in Walmart post-dognapping. Daniel accepted a plea deal during his court appearance. As part of this agreement, one of the charges was completely dropped while he pleaded guilty to the other. Consequently, he was sentenced to six months of supervised probation. The court also ordered a mental health evaluation as part of his sentence.

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  26. Note: Michael Quinn claimed that Daniel could be a "super dog dad" and that having a dog could benefit his mental health.