Update: More details have come out about the #PitbullDropOff hashtag, and it's apparently a hoax. Your best bet if you see these fake stories is to just report the account and move on. Do not engage or respond.

Original story: A group of twisted individuals are "adopting" bully breeds off of Craigslist, then dropping them off at known high-kill shelters in an attempt to eliminate as many pit bull-type dogs as possible.

The group is rallying under the hashtag #PitbullDropOff and spreading their dark message across Twitter.

Warning: Some foul language and upsetting sentiments follow.

Some people are going so far as to lie about the origin or behavior of the dogs they are trying to execute:

Of course, there's equal or even greater backlash from people who, you know, don't support indiscriminate killing based on breed:

Here's some important stats about dog bites from Canine Journal. (Take any information you get off dogbites.org with a grain of salt. The proprietor of the site is heavily biased against pit bulls, but positions their site as an "authority.")

  • In 2016, there were an estimated 78 million dogs in the U.S.

  • 81% of dog bites cause no injury at all or only minor injuries that do not require medial attention

  • Dog bites sustained by children have been decreasing in the past decade

  • 30+ breeds of dogs and mixes are incorrectly identified as “pit bulls”* in dog bite incidents, attributing the pit bull with an unfair and overstated number of incidents (*pit bull is not technically a dog breed; breeds that are commonly referred to as pit bulls in the U.S. are American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bully)

  • You have a 1 in 112,400 chance of dying from a dog bite or strike

    • You are at more risk of dying from:
      • Cataclysmic storm: 1 in 66,335
      • Contact with hornets, wasps and bees: 1 in 63,225
      • Air and space transport incidents: 1 in 9,821
      • Firearm discharge: 1 in 6,905
      • Choking from inhalation and ingestion of food: 1 in 3,461
      • Heart disease and cancer: 1 in 7
  • Most dog bites involve dogs who are not spayed or neutered

If you need to rehome a pitbull type breed of dog, please DEMAND a rehoming fee and ask the adopter exactly what their intentions are.

It's okay to have a personal bias against a dog breed, and if you don't like them, you absolutely can avoid them. But senselessly murdering dogs based on breed is morally and spiritually bankrupt.

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