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Photo of Man Punching Dog: Real or Hoax?

Photo of Man Punching Dog: Real or Hoax?
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A photo showing a man holding a dog against the wall by its neck, threatening the animal with a clenched fist, has circulated for several years. Another image shows the dog buried up to its neck in sand. Are these images real or fake?

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The images are real.

The man in the photos was investigated by local police in 2012.

This page indicates that the person in the photo is a man named Patricio Millar, with several links to social networking sites as proof. It is unclear how they determined the identity of the man, and if that determination was accurate. They claim that the images were posted on his Facebook profile, but that profile has since been deleted. The site claims he is “working for the Chilean Parliament.”

The website BioBioChile appears to have broken the story on October 29, 2012 with this article which points to complaints they received regarding the photos. That article refers to Patrick Millar (note the spelling difference) and states that he belonged to the police school, not the Chilean Parliament.

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An article from October 30, 2012, states that the man in the photo is Patrick Millar and under investigation.

In 2012, singer David Draiman of the rock band Disturbed tweeted the image with the angry message, “SOMEONE PLEASE FIND THIS SICK F–K AND BRING HIM TO JUSTICE”

Several news sources reported the incident in October 2012 – and identified Millar – follow-up stories have been scarce. If you have any updated information as to the outcome of this case, please comment below.

Bottom Line

The best information we have regarding these photos is that they were taken of a man named Patrick (Patricio) Millar in 2011, who was suspended from police school after an investigation. Calls to find the man are outdated by several years.

Updated October 23, 2014
Originally posted November 2012

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