FW: Abandoned Puppies
Netlore Archive: Forwarded email of indeterminate origin purports to seek a home for six abandoned black lab mix puppies.
Description: Forwarded email
Circulating since: Sep. 2007
Email contributed by Tracy K., Sep. 28, 2007:
Subject: FW: ABANDONED PUPPIES
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007
Look how cute they are....
6 black lab (mix) puppies were rescued out of the middle of the road on Saturday. PLEASE help me find them homes - otherwise, it's Animal Control - which means they only have 5 days. We've bathed them, sprayed them for fleas and wormed them....but we can't keep them. They are currently in a kennel in my basement since I don't have a fence. I've lost count of the number of rescue groups that I've contacted, only to be turned down due to no room. Please check with every dog person you know to see if they need a puppy.
[Name removed by request]
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Image credit: Unattributed, circulating via email
Analysis: It's outdated for sure, and while it may have once been a legitimate message-board posting, this flyer has journeyed too far and too long, aggregating inaccurate contact names, phone numbers, and email addresses along the way, so that at this point it's just plain false.
Some of the earliest known postings (see example) have been corrected to report that the black lab mix puppies pictured in the image were adopted.
Similar forwarded messages have met the same fate in the past, so it bears pointing out that even with the best intentions it can be counterproductive to copy and repost such messages ad infinitum without confirming the details first.
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Sources and further reading:
Puppy Adoption Email Leads to Dead Ends
WJLA-TV News (Washington, D.C.), 4 October 2007
Email Is the Tail Wagging a Tale of Dogs
The Advocate (Stamford, Connecticut), 5 October 2007
Last updated: 10/04/07