Admitted fraudster and Pet Pardons Contributing Editor Cayr Ariel Wulff (email) has just written another false, sensational story, this time about a “complete ban on dogs” in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (see screenshot). But this time, her readers are calling her out for her outrageous dishonesty.
Wulff, the author of disgusting hoax stories about dogs being tied to train tracks and an Ohio shelter burning dogs alive (neither of which ever happened), has twisted a limited and entirely reasonable proposal to ban dogs in the business district of Beaver Falls into a nefarious and shocking “complete ban on dogs”:
Jeromie Williams, the Director of Operations for Pet Pardons Canada, and Managing Editor of Pet Pardons News, adds his own commentary: “[O]ne city in Pennsylvania is considering a complete ban on dogs”:
And of course, this story was also shared on the Pet Pardons Facebook page, with “OUTRAGEOUS!” added, in case it was not clear that their story was (as usual) an attempt to outrage people:
As usual, this story is false.
The proposal concerns banning dogs only in the downtown, business district, not the whole city. In other words, it is not a “complete ban” at all.
Other news sites confirm this:
- Huffington Post: Beaver Falls Considers Banning Dogs Downtown To Boost Business
- Daily Mail (UK): No dogs allowed! City officials ‘plan to BAN man’s best friend from business district’ (but residents say it’s barking mad)
- CBS Pittsburgh: Beaver Falls Considering Dog Ban In Business District
Cayr’s sensational headline has nothing to do with the actual story. Notice I said story: it is just a fiction, not a news article. When you write for a legitimate news organisation, the headline should match the article. When it doesn’t, it becomes fiction.
Fortunately, I was not the only person who noticed the headline was way off.
Firstly, Kelsey Rose Dixon notes “This headline is very misleading and [it] seems to be done on purpose“:
I couldn’t agree more.
Secondly, Colleen Chriss notes “It’s not the whole city and it is NOT a complete ban on dogs”:
Lastly, Dawn Fabbri notes “[I]f you even read the article they are not banning dogs just wanting them banned from a 10 block business district”:
It’s great to see Pet Pardons followers themselves pointing out their headlines are false, and intentionally so.
Of course, it’s doubtful that Pet Pardons News will change their headline, even now. Cayr and Jeromie’s reputations for dishonesty and fraud are well known, even, apparently, amongst Pet Pardons followers themselves.