ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) — A concerning trend has made its way across the internet and has made local animal lovers furious.
Last week, the hashtag “pitbull drop off” made its first appearance on the website 4chan, along with a tweet threatening to adopt and then euthanize pitbulls.
We looked into it and that first tweet appears to be a hoax. But a quick search shows hundreds more like it popping up across the internet.
Dottyann Harding, president of OCPAW Animal Welfare group said, “I think it started out as a hoax. But people are so appalled by this that it’s gaining momentum.”
The first tweet seems to have sparked a movement of copycat tweets supporting the idea of eliminating the breed.
This has local pitbull owners, like Debra Zarinana, concerned.
“It really scares me,” said Zarinana. “Because I have puppies and I’m trying to find them homes. And I don’t know who I can trust and who I can’t.”
Hercules is one of six pit bull puppies that Zarinana is still looking for a good home for. She said the first time she saw the pit bull drop off posts online was shocking.
“I wanted to cry,” said Zarinana. “I was like ‘don’t do that. Bring them here. I’ll take all of them.”
Zarinana said the breed is misunderstood.
“They’re not the breed that everybody makes them out to be,” said Zarinana. “If they were, I wouldn’t have them around my children.”
Harding warns dog owners to always be careful who they trust with their dogs.
“You should never give away your animal,” said Harding. “It’s always best to work with an organization that is experienced in doing this.”
People have been fighting back against this trend online with the hashtag “don’t bully my breed.”
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