According to a post that has been traversing the interwebs since late 2017, a bulldog has inflicted life-altering injuries on a pedophile who was climbing through the window of a room in which two young children were sleeping.
Supposedly, the family’s pet bulldog intercepted the predator and “severed the rapist’s genitals clean off and swallowed his penis and testicles”.
The post features an image that shows the man apparently grimacing in pain while laying in a hospital bed. The image also includes a shot of the dog that supposedly did the damage.
An example of the fake-news post:
Bulldog Bites Pedophile’s Penis Off as He Tried to Rape Sleeping Children
A pedophile has been left with â€œlife-altering” injuries after climbing through the bedroom window of two young children, only to be greeted by their pet bulldog who bit his penis off.
52-year-old Randle James of Saline County, Arkansas, climbed into the 1st-floor window of the small family home into the room where the two young sisters were sleeping after passing by and seeing the open window.
But, the story is just a work of fiction. The incident described never happened. The story began circulating in November 2017 after it was posted on the Neon Nettle website. Since then, it has been republished on dozens of other clickbait fake-news websites.
There are no credible news or police reports that support the claims in the story. There is no evidence that backs the claim that a “Randle James of Saline County, Arkansas” was injured in the way described.
Moreover, the image does not depict an injured pedophile in a hospital bed. Instead, it shows the reaction of a patient who has been given the painkiller Ketamine. The image is a screenshot from a video of the man’s reaction that was included in a May 2017 Mirror Article. The man was being treated for a broken ankle, not a dog attack.
And, the image of the dog used in the fake article was also stolen from another source. The image was featured on the Hungarian language blog “Velvet” in March 2016. The image’s caption identifies the dog as a Husky-Pitbull mix.