The employee witnessed the man tying the dog to the tracks and then moving away and taking photographs or video. Unfortunately, the suspect was too far away for the rail employee to get a detailed description, and the man was gone by the time the employee had reached the isolated area of tracks.
The train had passed by that time, but miraculously, the little dog had survived. Two other dogs were not as lucky.
The rail worker found their mangled bodies along the same stretch of isolated tracks.
Of course, this story is a lie. Practically every word of every sentence is false.
The truth is rather less sensational. In a story entitled “Dogs were not tied to track and killed by train in Tremont area,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that:
Police have determined that no dogs were killed Aug. 10 while tied to railroad tracks in the Tremont neighborhood, but one live dog was rescued after a train passed over it.
A train crew radioed a Norfolk Southern bridge tender to report that they ran over a dog apparently tied to the tracks because they could not stop in time, police said Friday night. It was later determined that the dog was not tied but that her leash was wedged between two rails, probably by accident.
In other words, there was no man. He didn’t tie the dogs to the train tracks. He didn’t film them being killed by a train. Indeed, there was only one dog, and it wasn’t killed. There were no mangled bodies. No rail worker discovered them. It was all a lie.
Now, that didn’t stop Pet Pardons News readers from threatening to kill this imaginary man. Let’s “tie his ass to the tracks,” is the general consensus, although one wants to see him hanged, and another would prefer if he was “thrown to the wolves.” Another wants to drive the train over him, and others would look forward to hearing him “scream in fear.”
Again: This person does not exist. No one tied these dogs to the train tracks. Indeed, no dogs were killed by the train.
Here’s a (very small) sample of representative comments:
You might say, well, no harm done. If the person doesn’t exist, they can’t actually kill him, right?
The problem is that Pet Pardons News often makes up horrific stories about real people, too. As both Wray and I have reported, a series of disgusting articles by Cayr Ariel Wulff (and edited by Jeromie) has falsely claimed that employees at the Fairfield County Dog Shelter in Ohio are burning dogs alive, based on unnamed “eyewitness accounts.” Wulff also claimed that they had the full support of the shelter’s director, Mike Miller, and county commissioners Mike Kiger and Judy Shupe.
How do you think her readers responded?
Well, by demanding that these (very real) people be gassed or burned alive, of course. As Judy Ruff says, “lets burn people alive.” Sally Greulich agrees: “I would love to … throw you in a fire.” Elizabeth Yancey shouts “GOD I WISH I COULD SHOVE ALL OF YOU IN THE FIRE ALIVE AND LET YOU DIE…” Angel Williams chillingly says “I’m going 2 kill those people 4 what they did.” J.D. Knoblock offers to pull the “triger.” Sarah Stegle offers that it’s a “Good thing they don’t post these peoples addresses. They’d be dead within the hour… Personally, I’d do something awful.”
I could go on. Here’s just a small sample of the comments from the first article alone:
And indeed, by all accounts, Mike Miller, Mike Kiger and Judy Shupe, not to mention shelter employees, have all received many death threats since Cayr’s first article was published 10 days ago.
I can’t control what my readers say to other people. I do not condone the death threats.
Really? She writes false stories about a man tying dogs to train tracks to be run over and killed, or lies about shelter employees burning dogs alive, and she’s not looking to incite harassment and death threats against these people?
To quote Pet Pardons, that’s just sick:
Pet Pardons is a sick, poisonous organization, full of liars, scam artists, and criminals. Let’s not forget that Jeromie Williams has become infamous for his own long history of criminal harassment and death threats, for which he is currently under investigation by Canadian and American police.
And now Cayr Ariel Wulff apparently thinks nothing of writing demonstrably false stories to incite hatred, harassment and death threats against other people.
They deserve each other.
Shame on all of them.