True but Outdated - 'Man Punching Dog' Protest Message
OutlineViral social media message features an image depicting a man about to punch a dog held against a wall and another image showing the dog buried up to its neck in sand. The message asks that people share the images in the hope that the man can be recognized and arrested.
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Brief AnalysisThe images are reportedly genuine and were taken in Chile back in 2011. 2012 news reports on the issue indicate that the man was identified and investigated in relation to the acts of cruelty depicted in the images. Further information on the case remains elusive. However, given that the culprit has already been identified and publicly named, the continued circulation of the images is pointless and may cause innocent people with the same name or a similar appearance to be unfairly targeted.
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They can all share this image please, in the hope that this man is recognized and if your face is viral, there are a lot more likely to be arrested. This torture is something we cannot even imagine. PLEASE MAKE THIS MESSAGE CIRCULAR
Circulating Dog Cruelty Images Causing Outrage
Images Are Reportedly Genuine But Abuser Already Identified
The reports also note that authorities investigated the incident with some suggesting that he was subsequently placed in custody for animal abuse and lost his job in 2012.
Reliable follow-up information about the incident is hard to locate.
Continued Circulation Pointless and Potentially Damaging
Last updated: July 7, 2014
First published: July 7, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen