Halloween hoax is creating real fear
PADUCAH- A message from someone claiming to be Terry Jordan has found it's way to thousands of people and asked for help on what he's deemed National Kill a Pit bull Night, or Halloween.
The message is a hoax, but it's still creating real fear in some pet owners. Michelle Fowler owns Groomingdales in Paducah and also rescues pit bulls, among other breeds. She said the message upset her, but didn't surprise her.
"These dogs (pit bulls) are always targets," she said. While the fake message calls for the killing to take place on October 31, Fowler said pit bulls are always at risk and all the other breeds and animals are at an increased risk around Halloween, too.
"We don't adopt black cats and dogs out during the two to three weeks before or after Halloween especially because black dogs and cats seem to be more of a target," she said.
Dr. Bonnie Jones sees animal cruelty cases more often than she would like. She's a veterinarian who helps at Massac County's Project Hope.
"Animal cruelty is not something that amuses me at all. It's very serious. It's very disturbing," she said. The hoax is hitting a little closer to home this year, too, because she's currently nursing a tortured boxer back to health. "Watching what he's gone through to try to recover from something like this, yeah, I'm not amused."
The message, which was initially sent out in September, has been re-sent and passed along so much it's nearly impossible for police to figure out who's responsible. The most popular theory though is that it's a form of revenge against Terry Jordan, a City Councilman from Slater Missouri. The city leader is known for his support of a "ferocious animal ordinance".
Meanwhile, local authorities encourage anyone who sees or hears anything about animal abuse report them.