Snopes.com has the debunk of this latest Internet hoax that preys on people’s fears of Halloween and cruel people.
An announcement supposedly by a Missouri city councilman called for the killing of pit bulls on Halloween.
But it’s a fake.
Here is the local news report: Slater mayor urges social media users to stop targeting councilman
During the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, Mayor Stephen Allegri had a strong message for anonymous callers and Internet posters who have incorrectly attributed a social media post to city councilman Terry Jordan.
“Our Terry has been inundated and the city has been inundated with threats and calls,” he said. “Well, Terry didn’t do this.”
Jordan has been at the center of an Internet storm since a video and statement encouraging a “kill pit bull” day were posted on YouTube three days ago by someone using the same name.
“People have threatened his life and they have threatened his family,” Allegri said.
The councilman received many angry phone calls. But the local police doesn’t think the hoax will actually inspire violence against pit bulls. He noted, “If if that’s something they’re going to do, I don’t think they need a day.”
Regardless, there have been many false rumors that animals, particularly black ones, are at risk on Halloween for Satanic sacrifices.
There are likely cases of animal cruelty that occur at this time mainly by sick people who think it would be appropriate to fulfill the rumor. But the more serious danger to your pet is the stress from all the people ringing the doorbell and coming to visit. Or, that they get into the candy stash. Be vigilant but don’t be paranoid.