Photo of Man Punching Dog: Real or Hoax?

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 images was investigated by police in his area in 2012.

This page indicates that the man in the photo is one 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 is 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 back on October 29, 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. This post has a screen shot of a Facebook page allegedly of the same man in the photos in question. That Facebook profile has since been deleted.

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

Even 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”

While several sources from October 2012 reported the incident and identified the man, 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.

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  • rah

    Needs a bullet

  • Anne

    Anyone with any expertise in Photoshop would recognize instantly that the photo of the dog against the wall was altered. There are a number of very clear telltale signs. Clearly, the “wall” is carpeting. You can even see the edges where it overlays the cement-block wall.I have no idea if the man harmed the dog or not, the the picture is clearly fake.

  • waffles

    That was actually the very first link we used at the beginning of the article :-)

    • LizDuv

      @ waffles~~~So this has not yet been confirmed or proven false?

      • waffles

        There are several accusations and investigations reported, many pointing to Patrick/Patricio Millar, but we have yet to find an official report that corroborate the details with absolute certainty. I wish I had a more definite answer for you.

  • anon

    If that man can punch a dog , he has already been abusing his dog for a long time, and he could be aggressive to people . I read a story of a man who stopped two people in canada from beating their dogs and he himself was beaten to death , and the officers trying to arrest the abusers were bitten by the abusers . The abusers were most likely charged now with murder . A person like this is not fit to live . This kind of man needs to be treated as he treats others .

  • michelle

    This man is as sick and disturbed as they come, anyone who can abuse an animal in this way needs to be taken away to court charged and put in prison for animal cruelty. He does not deserve to have a life he should be treated in prison in the same manner he treated that poor helpless animal. You are an inhumane person just pathetic….do you have children? Have you taught your children to be as barbaric as you? You deserve to rot in hell!!! I hate you and hope you are punished and I hope someone beats the living crap out of you and sh-ts down your throat you sick mf’er I really hope you rot and burn in hell you do not deserve to live. You sick sick jerk off goof!!!

  • Penny

    Wow. I’m so impressed by people’s reactions. All of them. If I could take it I could probably learn a lot about my fellow humans just reading this.

  • Luanne

    I think it is real.. however, if it’s fake.. what kind of freak would take pictures like that? It would still be a sick mind that would think those kind of pictures of your loved pet would be a kick!!

    We have a Lab who is 13 years old.. that sick kind of picture would NEVER enter our minds to take.. our pictures show our furry family member in loving situations only.. NEVER BEING HELD BY HIS NECK OR BURIED IN SAND TO HIS NECK… STILL A SICK ASS EVEN IF PICTURES WERE FAKE!!

  • katie

    This man was caught, his dogs taken, he was arrested and lost his job.

  • She

    Everyone can stop arguing. It was real. The guy is in custody. He has no child. The dog didn’t eat a kitten or lamb. Ridiculous. He is suspended from his job because he worked for the embassy. There is a petition to sign if you believe he should be prosecuted to the full extent.

  • sara

    true or not, this sick son a dick hole had the sick f–k of a brain(or lack there of)to participate in the photos, one way or another. I say we hunt this f–ker down, strip him, put a huge nail right between his eyes and nail him to a public wall, strip him, chop off his tiny little penis and his nuts, shove the whole package down his throat and let him slowwllllyyyyyy die, as we all watch and take pictures. thats what he gets for abusing that and probably other animals he has abused. This is how it all starts with serial killers people. he needs this to halp put a stop to this sick behavior. there is no room or tolerance, on this planet for his sick mind. thanks and have a great day!
    thanks

    • Christine

      I like the way you think. Can we partner up and find this sick f*ck?? Like seriously wtf is wrong with people! I cried just looking at the photo..i could never bring myself to do something like that to ANY animal.

  • luc vincelette

    Les plus dangereux en ce monde ne son pas tous institutionnalisé. Un jour, il comprendra que la vie est ce qu’il y avait de plus précieux en ce monde ce jour sera, le jour de sa mort.

  • T

    Whether these pictures be fake or real, this man needs to be caught and taught a lesson, by doing the same this to him. Then post the pictures on the internet and see how he likes it. These photos and any other ones depicting the similar inhumane treatment of animals are utterly disturbing to people like myself. I don’t care, anyone who takes and posts these type of pictures anywhere on the internet is a total a-hole with a demented mind. As far as I’m concerned these and any other photos like these are far from being funny at all. These type of people need to get a real life! What the hell is this frickin world coming to?

  • Ann

    I hope they find this SOB,, I don’t care if these pictures are faked or not , this is atrocious , somebody should bury this bastard up to his neck ,,,I have cried over this and Im furious!! If it was faked ,,, then why , why would you take a picture like this!! Praying they find this SOB, an eye for an eye ,I say…

  • Paul Croix

    Trying to find out what really happened to the dog, whether it lived or died, could not find any information. The fact that the dog attacked the guy’s kid sounds made up as I could not find any other site proving that theory. That guy is bastard though worst things happen everyday and we do not even know about it. Google this image and you will find all this guy’s information.

  • Paula

    I don’t think the picture is photoshopped. I think the texture is stucco wall and the dogs legs are at an angle that would indicate “hanging” in my opinion. I also have never buried a dog in the sand at the beach or anywhere else unless it was dead and that would have been in a favorite spot in the backyard.

  • Adam

    Laughable that no one commenting on this post gives a toss about the systematic torture and extermination of an animal just as intelligent as any dog (ie. pigs) so they can eat their bacon breakfast.

    Yes its all about the evil sickos who hurt cats and dogs!!! (cos they are cute)

    Not to mention the MILLIONS of new born chicks that have been BOILED ALIVE upon birth in China a month or so ago due to a few cases of bird flue and that boiling is cheap.

    I cant see a single comment that comes from a humanitarian… But just keep repeating what the newspapers tell you is correct and you can keep fooling yourselves you’re really all very nice animal loving people…right?

    • rgalati

      Don’t see here Adam that you are any more compasinate about the animal I don’t see you worried bout this dog, I’m just saying

  • awwwwwwwww

    so this is NOT fake but even if it was a takes a sick person to create such a photo

  • couldbe

    …photoshopped or not, granted it’s a sick photo either way you look at it. i have a pit and i’m one big dude, and all i can say this guy must be be one strong s.o.b. if he’s throwing/leading with his right, which would be his *stronger* arm, while holding a 60+ pound dog flat and upright high against a wall with his “weaker” arm…hmmmm. And the dog is straight and aligned…flat-pressed body…no gaps under the dog. I don’t know of any animal that wouldn’t be squirming with a hold like that. I’ve seen my dog a thousand times, belly up, kicking back, relaxed, falling full body onto a flat (carpeted) surface, not moving a muscle…just chilling. Could be this sick-f-ck-idiot came up with a twisted Photoshop idea. Just saying. No need to bash me…(but someone will, lol, so have at it)…just don’t look like to me this short stubby guy has what it takes to “smoothly” pull this off.

    • waffles

      No bashing needed. You provide a good point of view as a pit owner, and we appreciate your input.

    • John Baker

      I agree the pic is most likely Photoshopped, but creating it doesn’t make him sick. It makes him a troll.

  • Vincent Antonelli

    This photo belongs on Jerry Springer. LOL. 1.there is no shadow on the wall from the dog. 2. the man has no intensity in his face. 3.look closely at his fist. The fist is closed in a relaxed fashion, but not clenched. This photo has gone viral and the guy was smart enough to market himself in the favor of how gullible people are. He probably made about .25c/hit. It’s been hit millions of times and now he’s rich. LOL

  • Joel Andersson

    Even if the picture is photoshopped, the one who’s responsible for the pictures need to die. Instantly. I’ll help.

  • Tim

    It’s a faked photo. The man’s fist is not clenched, it’s weakly closed for a pose. Why isn’t this a video by the way? The dog’s body is sinking into the wall and the points of contact to the wall are EXACTLY as they’d be with it’s body laying flat on the ground and sinking into carpet. Regarding the dirt picture, fake. The dog would be suffocating and in distress if it’s body were buried to it’s neck and it’s lungs could not expand and contract. HOAX, sorry.

  • Tim

    How has it been proven legit? Because someone said it in this article? No sources or methodology were given. You believed a claim just because somebody said it. Fail. Learn to think critically. The dog is most likely laying on a carpet. The guys fist is barely clenched, a dog buried to it’s neck would be suffocating and in distress. That dog buried is chill. Fake.

  • max thatguy

    i think most of you need lives , to stay on here and worry about what others say about a pic is crazy , how do any of you know that this guy wasn’t being framed to be dis credited , how do we know any of it is real?, how do you know it wasn’t staged for a ASPCA campaign,i think were all entitled to our opinions but come on folks at least have common sense not to stoop down to the low life’s levels!!!!!!!!

  • Trixxi Starr

    I’m glad that c-ckhead was caught! I don’t care what any of you other people think about it being photo shopped an all the ‘keyboard heroing’ going on for the sake of a little internet drama in your internet life. -_-

  • devilin

    Hundreds of posts of trolls screwing with people who are too gullible to get that they’re being screwed with.

    What a collection of idiots.

  • Yvonne

    this is just heartbreaking, but does anyone know if they rescued to dog after the arrest ??

  • james

    Any idea of the dog

  • SJT

    This man is an evil a-hole. He his not even a human being. I volunteer to garrote him. He needs to be dead ASAP.

  • lehman

    he is standing in good position for a swift kick ….to ….where it counts

  • Mary Hearn

    This is a sick piece of sh-t. Someone needs to beat the crap out of him just like he is doing to the dog. He need’s to beg and beg for someone to stop hitting him. This guy is trash.

  • Jessica

    Does anyone notice the little kid shoes under the door in the background?

  • Kyle De Melo

    hes from chilie

  • Bear Hartline

    I ask God to please just once allow me to be in the right place/time to show some cowardly fxzk just why they call me bear! I’m no badass by any means but that treatment of animals makes a purple light in my head come on and I’m not home anymore, bad things then happen! Come see me Patricio Millar!!!

  • susan read

    Quite interesting reading, most people condemn his actions but some complain that animal lovers care more about animals than people and talk about dog attacks, which is entirely another matter!

  • vivengeful

    oh blahblahblah…another cretin who doesnt have room in her black little heart for BOTH people and animals….tunnel visioned f**kwit!

  • Cole

    Keep on fueling the fire LOL! Drinking the koolaide mentality of so many vengeful users on here. Damn, ya all want to off this guy without even finding out if he is being punked here by an obvious (to the knowledgeable ones)
    Photoshopped POS.

  • Cole

    I investigated this Hoax/prank/ bs- it’s Photoshopped from back in 2009- as it was circulated back then and made a comeback again to all the ones who fell for the fake Timeline hoax of clicking on some link and getting punked.

  • Cole

    Yeah right!! I suppose many of the like minded sheeples here will believe you. LOL

  • Cole

    Not true! Stop spreading this hoax around.