Ocala, Florida —
Ocala Post has received several e-mails asking if the Halloween National Kill-a-Pit-Bull Day is real.
The answer is no. It was a poorly executed prank aimed at Slater, Missouri, councilman, Terry Jordan. In 2012, Jordan was responsible for creating a pet ordinance for that city. The ordinance namely targeted pit bulls.
The original post, which was anonymously created, but signed as though Jordan wrote it, reads as follows:
I’m here by announcing October 31 as National Kill-a-Pit-Bull Day. After you take the kids trick or treating, keep your costume on, round up some friends,and kill as many pit bulls as you can before midnight. Baseball bats, knives, bricks,and poisons (a hot dog soaked in radiator fluid works well) are all suitable tools. Their owners like to brag about their high threshold for pain. So don’t worry about them suffering, they can take it. So remember to spread the word!
There have been Facebook posts and e-mails claiming that October 31, 2014, is the day to randomly kill pit bulls. The rumor was actually started in 2012, but tends to resurface every year.
Officials said there is always that one person who will take it serious.
Law enforcement agencies warn that if people act on these rumors, they will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Ocala Post reached out to the Slater, Missouri city council and they confirmed that the rumors are completely false.