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  • Hoax - 'Dangerous New Known Spider Spreading In Australia'
    Circulating message warns you to watch out for a very dangerous 'new known spider' that is spreading across Australia. The message includes a picture of the spider along with a series of images supposedly depicting a wound caused by a bite from one of the spiders.
    Published: July 10, 2014

  • BOGUS WARNING - ' White Van With Reg 7465 CGF Stealing Dogs'
    Viral social media messages claim that men driving a white van with the registration number 7465 CGF are attempting to steal dogs for dog fighting in various locations in the UK and other parts of Europe. The messages include a picture of the white van.
    Published: April 24, 2014

  • No, the Labour Party is NOT Planning to Introduce a 'Pet Tax'
    Circulating report claims that, if elected in 2015, the Labour Party in Britain is planning on introducing a "pet tax" that would require pet owners to pay a hefty monthly fee for each animal they own.
    Published: January 28, 2014

  • 'Giant Fukushima Mutant Dog' Picture
    Circulating Facebook message claims that a massive dog featured in an attached image is a mutant created in-vitro by infusing maternal cells with Fukushima irradiated male DNA. The message links to a longer story about the mutant dog presented as a news article.
    Published: November 7, 2013

  • Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
    Warning message circulating via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as "National Kill a Pit Bull Day" and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.
    Published: September 19, 2013

  • Myth – Ice Water Can Cause Dangerous Bloating in Dogs
    Long running Internet warning claims that pet owners should never give their dogs ice water and cites a case of a show dog that suffered severe bloat after drinking water with ice in it.
    Published: July 11, 2013

  • Faux Image – Mounted Police Officer Riding Giant Dog
    Circulating image appears to depict a police officer mounted on a giant dog alongside another officer on a horse.
    Published: July 9, 2013

  • Bogus Facebook Message Claims Fake RSPCA Workers Trying to Steal Dogs in Coxhoe
    Facebook message warns that two women posing as RSPCA workers have been attempting to steal dogs in the Coxhoe area of the UK. The message claims that the RSPCA has confirmed that such activities are occurring.
    Published: March 29, 2013

  • Goole Yorkshire Coloured Stickers Dog Fighting Hoax
    Message circulating via social media posts and the blogosphere warn dog owners that a dog fighting gang is stealing dogs from households around Goole, Yorkshire and other areas of the UK. According to the posts, gang members are marking houses where dogs live with coloured stickers so that the dogs can be later stolen.
    Published: March 6, 2013

  • Viral Facebook Message Falsely Claims that a Pictured Man is Posing as an RSPCA Officer and Stealing Dogs
    Message circulating rapidly on Facebook claims that a man depicted in an attached photograph is posing as an RSPCA officer and has attempted to steal dogs in the South Yorkshire area of the UK.
    Published: March 28, 2013

  • Bogus Warning – White Transit Van 'RH57 WSU' Trying To Steal Dogs
    Message circulating virally via social media posts and email warns that a white transit van with the registration 'RH57 WSU' has been seen trying to steal dogs in various locations in the UK and elsewhere.
    Published: March 23, 2013

  • Perth Dog Fighting Gang 'Coloured Stickers' Hoax
    Messages going viral via Social Media outlets warn dog owners that a dog fighting gang is stealing dogs from households in Perth, Western Australia. The messages claim gang members are marking houses where dogs live with coloured stickers so that the dogs can be later stolen.
    Published: March 4, 2013

  • Hoax - 400 Marine Corps Dogs Need Homes
    Messages circulating via social media, email and the blogosphere claims that 400 United States Marine Corps Improvised Explosive Device sniffing dogs are being decommissioned and are therefore in need of good "forever" homes.
    Published: October 18, 2012

  • Hoax - Save Abandoned Dog By Sharing His Photo
    Message circulating on Facebook claims that you can help save the life of an abandoned dog just by liking and sharing his picture on Facebook. According to the message, Mark Zuckerburg has agreed to donate $1 for every five likes.
    Published: 27 June, 2012

  • K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Hoax
    Message claims that an attached photograph depicts Brutus, a military K9 that won the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving soldiers in Iraq
    Published: January 2008

  • Japanese Sheep for Poodles Hoax
    A bogus story about a sheep for poodle substitution scam in Japan has effectively pulled the wool over the eyes of many Western news outlets.
    Published: May 2007

  • Swiffer Wetjet Pet Death Email Rumour
    Email forward claims that household pets have died as a result of licking floors cleaned with the Swiffer Wetjet cleaning system
    Published: June 2006

  • Free Golden Retriever Puppies Hoax
    Message claims that the Golden Retriever puppies shown in attached photographs will be put down if they are not adopted in the near future
    Published: February 2006

  • Bonsai Kittens Email Petition
    Email exhorts recipients to sign and forward a message protesting the practise of creating "bonsai kittens" by placing cats in glass jars to restrict their growth
    Published: 2004


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