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Hoax - Share Photo to Raise Money to Help Abused Puppy

Outline
Message circulating on Facebook that includes a photograph of a badly injured puppy claims that the Humane Society will donate $1 towards an operation to help the dog every time the photo is shared.



Brief Analysis
The message is a nasty hoax. Sharing the picture will do absolutely nothing whatsoever to help this puppy. The Humane Society will certainly NOT donate money to help the puppy whenever the picture is shared. The puppy was treated for his injuries in 2010 and was subsequently adopted. Any message that claims that money will be donated to help a sick or injured child or animal in exchange for sharing is certain to be a hoax.

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Last updated: 9th February 2012
First published: 8th February 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Abused Puppy Hoax

This poor puppy was abused.For every share...The humane Society will donate $1 for his opperation



Detailed Analysis
This Facebook message, which includes a disturbing photograph of a badly injured puppy, claims that users can help the puppy just by sharing the image. The message claims that the Humane Society will donate $1 towards the cost of an operation to help the dog each and every time that the message is shared.

However, the information in the message is utter nonsense. The claim that the Humane Society will donate money based on how many times a message is shared is totally false. Sharing this image will do nothing whatsoever to help this injured animal.

According to a January 2010 China Post article, "Adam", the puppy in the image, was found in a Taiwan park after being severely burned by corrosive glues that also made him blind in one eye. After Adam's story was put on the Petfinders website, he was soon adopted by a loving family in the US, renamed "Lucky", and is reportedly doing well. Volunteer workers and Internet users raised money to help pay for his extensive medical treatments.

This callous and reprehensible hoax is just one more incarnation in a spate of Facebook hoaxes that make the absurd claim that money will be donated in exchange for sharing or liking a picture. Many of these hoaxes feature a child's image that has been stolen and used without his or her parent's permission. Often, the unauthorized circulation of such photographs causes great distress to the child's family.

If you encounter one of these hoax messages, whether it feature a child or an animal, PLEASE do not share it with others. Instead, report the image to Facebook. Please do NOT comment on the photo or the wall where the photo has been posted, as this gives the hoax more unwarranted exposure because it puts the offending photo on to the news feeds/tickers of your Facebook friends.

Remember that any message that claims that money will be donated for sharing or liking a picture or for forwarding an email is sure to be a hoax.

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References
Abused dog from Taiwan finds a sweet home in the U.S
Hoax - Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share to Help Baby With Facial Cancer
Baby With Skin Rash Facebook Share Hoax
A Special Appeal to Facebook Users - Unauthorised Use of Baby Zoe Chambers Photograph

Last updated: 9th February 2012
First published: 8th February 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer