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Disturbing Animal Cruelty Hoax Circulates Web

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SALISBURY, Md. – A disturbing internet hoax from last year is recirculating on social media, and understandably causing alarm.

It appears to be a photo of a paper flyer, announcing that Halloween night, October 31st, is to be "National Kill A Pit Bull Day." Pit-bull lovers reportedly created the image last year and posted it from the phony social media account of a Missouri councilman Terry Jordan, who holds with alleged anti-pit bull views.

The flyer, supposedly written by Jordan, instructs people to "round up some friends and kill as many pit bulls as you can before midnight. Baseball bats, knives, bricks and poisons (a hotdog soaked in radiator fluid works well) are all suitable tools. Their owners like [to] brag about their high threshold for pain. So don't worry [about] them suffering, they can take it."

With Halloween a little over a month away, the image has re-appeared on social media. And without knowing the back-story, concern is growing over how this message could be misinterpreted.

Last year, Jordan quickly dismissed the rumors that he had in fact written it, but animal rights advocates worried that, regardless of context or any attempted irony, some people may take it seriously.

This year, the message is back, and so are the concerns.  

David Fitzgerald, of the Wicomico County Humane Society tells WMDT they condemn the harming of animals in any way -- and that residents should be on the lookout for these kinds of spoofs especially around Halloween.

Animal rights advocates are encouraging pet owners to keep pets indoors as a precaution.

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