On Friday, a story began circulating widely on social media about a heroic pit bull who rushed out of his own home, through a dog door, over the fence in his yard and to the home of neighbors who were being attacked by violent home intruders in Miami, Florida.
The story, published by the Miami Gazette, has every element of a true feel-good hero story – a dog rushes to save a family who has been tied up and injured by three violent men. The rub, however, is that the story is entirely false.
Everyone who is sharing this amazing story, about six-year-old “Brisco,” a therapy dog, has missed the Miami Gazette’s disclaimer, which reads:
The Miami Gazette is an entertainment and satire web publication. We simply aim to provide an outlet for our writers and contributors to develop creative, outrageous, and 100% fictional, tall-tales that our audience can enjoy reading and sharing with friends. All news articles contained within The Miami Gazette are fictional and presumably satirical news.
Who doesn’t love a great dog saves person story? But it should at least be based on fact…there are great dogs out there doing amazing things, in real life.
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