If you have been active on social media these past few years, there is a high possibility you might have come across the screenshot of a news report claiming that a dog travelled more than 100 km to bite its owner after being abandoned.
According to the full news report, a Mexican man named Santiago Martinez had left his dog, a golden retriever, behind and travelled on a beach getaway. The pained dog decided to go in search of its owner, travelling over 100 km in nine days to finally find the master having fun at the beach.
Santiago who was already feeling guilty that he had left his dog behind ran to embrace his pet. But the dog was not having it. The news report goes – “when the dog was in his arms, it didn’t hesitate and it bit him hard”. Santiago screamed so loud from the pain of the dog bite that it was heard in the Grand Canyon National Park, the report said.
The dog left Santiago in his pain and tears and turned to head back home. The dog was later adopted by “a wonderful family” who clearly deserved it while Santiago was busy receiving treatment for his wound.
What a beautiful story with a happy ending, you must think – only that it did not happen.
The story about a dog travelling 100 km to bite its owner after being abandoned is FALSE. The story was first reported in 2018 by a humour website called thereisnews.com.
ThereIsNews.com is a humour and satire website that publishes fictitious and made-up stories for entertainment. The website warns its readers in a statement on their page that their stories are not real.
“The site “There is news” (hereinafter referred to as TIN) is a humor site whose purpose is entertainment. The content of TIN is fiction and does not correspond to reality. All references, names, brands or institutions that appear on the site are used as contextual elements, as in any novel or fiction account.”