Mike Ritland, a K-9 trainer and the founder of Warrior Dog Foundation, had been invited to speak via satellite on an episode of Watters' World on Saturday to discuss the heroism of dogs like Conan, the pooch who was wounded after helping take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Towards the end of the segment, Ritland asked if he could 'throw a PSA out there real quick', to which host Jesse Watters agreed.
At first, he launched into a plea to discourage people from rushing out to adopt military dogs, but he managed to sneak in one last comment before he wrapped things up.
"The remarkable nature of these dogs and them being highlighted in the news creates a huge demand by people that frankly shouldn't have them," Ritland said.
"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 just don't get one at all... and Epstein didn't kill himself."
The clip was posted to Twitter, where a user called Caleb Hull wrote: "I certainly did not see that one coming..."
The footage soon went viral, having racked up more than 4,000 likes and 1,000 retweets, with many dubbing Ritland a 'legend' or 'hero'.
One person commented: "This is the best. Live action meme."
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell in early September, while he was awaiting trial for child sex trafficking.
While a statement from the US Department of Justice stated he had died from 'apparent suicide', some people have questioned whether or not he did, indeed, kill himself.
The department's statement read: "On Saturday August 10, 2019, at approximately 6.30am inmate Jeffrey Edward Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Special Housing Unit from an apparent suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre (MCC) in New York, New York.
"Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Staff requested emergency medical services (EMS) and life-saving efforts continued. Mr. Epstein was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, and subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff. The FBII is investigating the incident."
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