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Photo of Man Punching Dog: Real or Hoax?

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 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.”

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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. 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.

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 Calls to find the man are outdated by several years.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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  1. TLC

    February 21, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Mr Millar or Millar, regardless of which it is you are truly one worthless sick d**k sucker who deserves treatment far worse than it appears you inflicted upon this helpless animal. Since you are out of reach, may your soul burn in hell. May we meet some day.

  2. Sgroves

    December 21, 2014 at 8:02 am

    The man punching the white dog is Patricio Millar he is on Face book
    just in-case anyone would like to take a road trip to Chile.

  3. Bear Hartline

    July 12, 2014 at 5:13 am

    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!!!

  4. John Baker

    May 30, 2014 at 8:29 am

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

  5. Jessica

    March 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

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

  6. Mary Hearn

    March 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    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.

  7. SJT

    February 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

    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.

  8. james

    February 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Any idea of the dog

  9. devilin

    October 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    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.

  10. Trixxi Starr

    October 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    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. -_-

  11. max thatguy

    October 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

    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!!!!!!!!

  12. Tim

    October 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    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.

  13. Tim

    October 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    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.

  14. Joel Andersson

    October 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

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

  15. Vincent Antonelli

    October 13, 2013 at 10:08 am

    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

  16. waffles

    October 4, 2013 at 6:06 am

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

  17. awwwwwwwww

    September 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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

  18. Adam

    July 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    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

      July 4, 2014 at 4:48 am

      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

  19. Paula

    July 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    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.

  20. T

    May 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

    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?

  21. luc vincelette

    May 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    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.

  22. She

    May 5, 2013 at 3:18 am

    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.

  23. katie

    May 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

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

  24. Luanne

    May 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    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!!

  25. Penny

    April 28, 2013 at 6:33 am

    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.

  26. Zed

    April 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    You’re stupid. It has been deemed legit. Read, man. Read. There’s more to life than 4 letter words.

  27. michelle

    April 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    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!!!

  28. anon

    March 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    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 .

  29. waffles

    March 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm

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

    • LizDuv

      April 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

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

      • waffles

        April 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

        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.

  30. Anne

    March 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

    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.

  31. rah

    March 26, 2013 at 4:06 am

    I would love to do that to him, hoax or not its disturbind not funny beating frm a to boys did that in australia here and got a beating from a gang of people

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