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Nails in Cheese Dog Park Warning Message

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating social media message featuring an image depicting pieces of cheese with nails embedded in them warns that such booby-trapped dog treats are the latest trend in dog parks.

Brief Analysis

The photograph relates to a real incident that occurred in a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina back in July 2011. A dog walker in the city’s Centennial Park found several items of food laced with nails. Since then, there have been a very small number of similar incidents in other locations around the world. Certainly, dog owners should remain vigilant. However, calling the incidents a ‘new trend’ in dog parks significantly overstates the issue.

Example

Dog owners please be aware this seems to be the latest trends in dog parks please be careful & Please Share !!

Nails Embedded in Cheese Dog Park warning

 

Detailed Analysis

This social media-driven message, which features a photograph depicting a handful of cheese pieces with nails embedded in them, warns dog owners that such booby-trapped treats are the latest trend in dog parks. The message reminds dog owners to be careful and asks that they share the information as a warning to others.

The photograph illustrates an incident that reportedly took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina back in 2011. According to a July 2011 news report, a person walking dogs in the dog area of the city’s Centennial Park discovered various food items spread around that contained embedded nails. The article includes the same photograph featured in the circulating warning.

While certainly concerning for dog owners who used Centennial Park, I could find no credible 2011 reports of further such incidents at the park or elsewhere in Argentina.
Despite this, the picture, along with the accompanying warning message, quickly went viral via social media and has circulated ever since. The message specifies neither a time frame nor a location for the pictured incident. The generic nature of the message means that it has raised concern among dog owners, not just in Buenos Aires, but all around the world.

Since the original 2011 incident, a small number of similar occurrences have been reported in other parts of the world.

In January 2013, dog walkers in Abergavenny, South Wales discovered nail spiked sausages that had clearly been left for dogs to find and eat.

In another January 2013 incident in Canton, Michigan, meat and fish pieces impregnated with needles and pins were found scattered around a park. Two dogs reportedly underwent surgery after eating some of the laced treats.

And, of course, over many years, there have been reported incidents of dog baiting in parks and neighbourhoods in various locations around the world, apparently from people who hate dogs.

Thus, dog owners should certainly remain vigilant when out and about with their animals.

Nevertheless, a few isolated and apparently unrelated incidents in different parts of the world do not constitute a trend. Circulating the same image of the nail laced cheese with a caption that implies that such incidents are regularly occurring and widespread is misleading.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer