Hoax Warning Message – 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day' – Hoax-Slayer

This story was first published on October 5, 2012


Warning message that circulates via social media claims that October 31 (Halloween Night) has been designated as “National Kill a Pit Bull Day” and warns dog owners to lock up their animals because people have been instructed to go out and kill as many pit bulls and other dog breeds as possible before midnight on the designated day.  

Brief Analysis

The message is a hoax. The warning began as an attempt to get back at a man named Terry Jordan, a city councilman in a small Missouri town who crafted a ‘vicious dog’ ordinance that proved unpopular with local pit bull lovers. Someone created a fake social media account in Jordan’s name and posted the message. It soon spread far and wide via Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, with many recipients apparently believing the warning to be valid. The hoax, which started in September 2012, now makes a return every year in September and October.