Circulating report claims that an 85-year-old woman in Waco, Texas has been arrested on suspicion of making fur coats from local cats she had kidnapped.
The claims in the report are untrue. The arrest described did not occur. The story comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report. The image used in the story depicts an Atlanta woman arrested for possessing nine pounds of marijuana. Nothing published on World News Daily Report should be taken seriously.
‘Little old lady’ Arrested for Making Fur Coats with Neighbor’s Cats
Waco | An 85-year old Texas woman has been arrested by local law enforcement after being caught on film kidnapping one of her neighbor’s cats with which she is accused of making fur coats.
According to a report that is being shared via social media, an 85-year-old woman in Waco, Texas has been arrested on suspicion of making fur coats out of neighbourhood cats.
The report claims that the woman was filmed kidnapping one of her neighbour’s cats. Supposedly, suspicions were raised after cats in the area began disappearing and cat owners recognised their missing cat’s fur in coats the woman was seen wearing.
The report includes a picture that appears to show the ‘little old lady’ after her arrest.
However, the claims in the story are untrue. There are no credible news reports about such an arrest in Waco. In fact, the story was simply made up.
The image used in the story is taken from a February 2013 news report about a 79-year-old Atlanta woman who was arrested for possessing nine pounds of marijuana.
The false story comes from the fake-news website World News Daily Report. The site has been responsible for a series of nonsensical articles that have gone viral on social media, duping many users as they travel. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.
The site includes the following disclaimer:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
Over the last few years, many new fake-news ‘satirical’ websites have emerged. Between them, they churn out an endless stream of nonsense, much of which circulates far and wide.
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