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True but Outdated – ‘Man Punching Dog’ Protest Message

by Brett M. Christensen


Viral 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. 

Brief Analysis

The 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.


Man Hitting Dog Protest message

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


Detailed Analysis

A viral social media message depicting a man about to punch a dog he is holding by the throat against a wall is causing outrage as it circulates. The message, which includes a second image of the dog buried up to its neck in sand, asks that people share the pictures in the hope that the man can be identified and arrested for his cruel actions

According to various news reports, the images are genuine and depict an act of cruelty perpetrated by a man in Chile back in 2011. However, concrete details on the case remain somewhat elusive. Some reports suggest that he was a student at a police school in Chile. Others indicate that he was a soldier or military police officer.

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. 

Nevertheless, given that the abuser has already been identified, investigated and publicly named in media reports, the continued circulation of the message is pointless. More importantly, due to its continued circulation, innocent people with the same name as the perpetrator or who have a similar appearance may be unfairly targeted.

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,