Thousands of religious people were duped into ‘sending prayers’ for a dog they believed to have been seriously burnt in a house fire but just had ham on his face.
The photo of the dog was posted to Facebook on the 23rd of December by Stephen Roseman with the words “This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire. One like = one prayer. One share = ten prayers”
At the time of writing, the post has attracted over 115,000 shares and 60,000 Facebook likes. Some Facebook users also left their own personal notes expressing their sadness, Ginder Ward writing “Heal him in Jesus name” and Heather Rae Beasley posted saying: “Omg bless its heart. So sad. Please pray for this dog”.
Some more astute and eagle-eyed internet users pointed out that the dog was not burnt and it was simply a piece of ham on his face. After one user commented: “You do realize that it’s a fake post and it’s just a slice of ham on his face?”, others began to realise, calling Stephen Roseman “heartless” and saying that Mr. Roseman was abusing his dog by placing the ham on the dog’s head. Suanne Kimball Berger said. “There are so many dogs that would get burns saving their family. And for someone to make any kinda joke about a dog being burnt just pissed me off!”
Other social media users who saw the prank for what it was started posting photos of their own dogs to Twitter in solidarity with #hamdog.
— Matt Hansen (@mattiojelly) December 31, 2015
— Mike Norwood (@norwoodmike) December 31, 2015
While we can all get sucked into an internet hoax every now and again, the question we ask: Did we learn nothing from the badly burnt ham girl from last year?
A good rule of thumb in this modern age: If you think you or someone you know is seriously burnt, check it isn’t a piece of ham first.