PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) – The Phenix City Police Department has been forced to address another fake animal cruelty post that is scaring many east Alabama residents.
The photo post, allegedly made by Facebook user Shanna Johnson, shows at least five kittens dead in a bucket of water.
The post says: "Got some catfish bait fo [sic] sale, da [sic] good fo [sic] catching dem [sic] monster catfish."
Screenshots of the gruesome photo post have been shared in various Phenix City neighborhood watch and yard sale pages on Facebook.
Residents have been so concerned with the thought of this happening in their own neighborhood, that they've been flooding the Phenix City Police Department with calls.
PCPD posted a media release on their Facebook page for residents on Tuesday, saying:
This is the second time this month that the PCPD has had to address a fake animal cruelty posts on Facebook. The post, also allegedly made by Johnson, threatens a small dog for allegedly entering a neighboring chicken coop with ground beef soaked in antifreeze.
The initial post was deleted, but screenshots made its way across the country. PCPD said it was the work of an internet troll, unfounded, and contained malware.
DISCLAIMER: The post may be upsetting to some.