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Hank the dog is alive (and the Brewers have proof)

"There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup."

Hank the Ballpark Pup is alive, and the Brewers have a notarized letter from a Milwaukee veterinarian to prove it.

At a press conference Friday, the Brewers announced that beloved team dog Hank -- the fate of whom was called into question, first by truthers who insisted he had been swapped out for a second dog and then in an enigmatic statement from the team -- is in fact the same Hank he's always been.

The team presented a notarized letter from Hank's veterinarian in Milwaukee, as well as confirmation of his microchip from a second vet. Video of the press conference is available here.

The press conference comes after days of speculation about the fate of Hank. What started off as a pet theory in the Brewers Twittersphere went national this week after SB Nation's Brew Crew Ball wrote about the controversy, suggesting that Hank died in 2014.

"The Great Pumpkin is fake. Paul is dead, Elvis lives and man never walked on the moon," the Brewers' Director of New Media Caitlin Moyer wrote in a post to the team's website on Friday. "Sometimes myths and conspiracies have no end, no hard proof to end the debate."

"But not today."