A photo showing a man holding a dog against the wall by its neck, threatening the animal with a clenched fist, has gone viral. Another image shows the dog buried up to its neck in sand. Are these images real?
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 images. That article refers to Patrick Millar (note the spelling difference) and states that he belonged to the police school, not the Chilean Parliament. This article 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.
This 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.
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.
Article updated October 30, 2013