Just as the “Facebook is going to be Charging” hoax is slowing down, another one pops up to take its place. A message is spreading like wildfire warning dog lovers of a potential threat to their pooch while at a park: The message goes something like this and they are accompanied by the wall photo shown below:
New trend at dog parks, nails in pieces of cheese, if you take your dogs to dog parks, please be careful!!
Like many hoaxes on Facebook, this one is based partly in fact. According to Thatsnonsense.com, an event similar to the one described in the warning did occur in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July of this year. Thankfully, this was an isolated incident, and is not a growing trend. Some warnings also mention that people are putting anti-freeze in water bowls. This also appears to be unfounded.
Always take a moment to check the facts before spreading warnings. At the time of this writing, the wall photo with the bogus warning has been shared over 7,000 times and has received over 4,500 comments.
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