Police: Viral Message Of Dog Snatchers Is A Hoax

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Wichita Police say a viral message warning people of gang members snatching dogs is a hoax.

"This is the first I've heard of that," said Lt. Scott Heimerman, Wichita Police gang unit.

The post warns dog owners of gang members marking homes with small colored stickers. Then, they take the dog and use it as dog bait for fighting dogs.

One dog owners who lives near Maple and Meridian said her seven-month-old pit bull was taken from her backyard last Monday. She claims that after seeing the post on Craigslist, she noticed a yellow ribbon on her fence.

"I feel violated like you came on to my property and you stole something that belongs to me," said Ashley, she did not want to be further identified.

The post has also been circulating on Facebook. Nearly 16,000 people have shared the post. From online searches, the post seems to have originated from either Australia or the United Kingdom.

Heimerman said there is no indication gang members in Wichita are doing this.

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