Teenage girl kills dog in an attempt to get British pop band to notice her. Seriously, did that headline just stop you in your tracks as it did to me? Indeed, Obsessed Twitter Fan Believed to Have Killed Dog.
I grew up in a day and age post Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, and Englebert Humperdinck (Google them if you don’t know) where girls tossed room keys and panties on stage at their singing idols. I grew up during the big hair bands of the 80s when it was all the rage to get backstage, meet the band, and show pictures to your friends. Those pictures, mind you, were from Kodak disk cameras and Polaroids. We were the screaming girls of the 80s and our cans of Aqua Net went with us wherever our big hair went.
My how times have changed. I sound old, I know, but the reality is: We’re all getting older.
A British newspaper is reporting that an obsessed fan of the popular boy band, One Direction, is reported to have killed her pet dog, a Chihuahua, in a fit of rage because the British boy band did not respond to requests to follow her on Twitter.
This blog is called Fidose of Reality because we keep it real and tell the truth in the world of dogs. Now that a dead dog’s photograph appears in the arms of an apparent upset fan, who is responsible? Do we react to this fan’s outward cries for help. Apparently, for two weeks this fan sent tweets from her account, stating, ‘Follow me or I’ll break my dog’s neck’.
With millions of tweets being directed at the popular boy band on a weekly basis, this one fell through the cracks. So did millions of others. With all of the fans that do follow One Direction, should one of the other fans have stepped up? What could have been done? She could be reported to Twitter and then what? Her (if this person is female) account would be banned and then she could start another. Okay and then what? Do we have a common shared responsibility as pet lovers and pet parents to report people like this to someone, somewhere in an attempt to stop her?
Taking to Twitter to let people know of one’s plans is nothing new, even if those plans are as deeply disturbing as suicide. When singer Sinead O’Connor tweeted in 2012 that she was thinking of taking her own life, fans responded and authorities were able to physically get to the singer before she succeeded. There is safety in numbers.
As of this writing, the woman’s identity and location has yet to be disclosed, and Fidose of Reality will be following the story. We will not post the photo that the user tweeted out depicting what she says is her dead dog, of which she claims to have broken the animal’s neck because the band did not follow her back. If you want to see the image, whether or not it is real, it can be viewed at this link: Obsessed Fan Claims to Have Killed Her Dog
How to Report Someone Abusive on Twitter
There is a protocol and form in place where you can report an abuser on Twitter and that can be found here.
Similarly, if you are being bullied on Twitter (and yes, this happens all the time), there are things you can do. Blogger Aaron Lee has a great post on the Twitter bullying topic.
You can also check out tips to document harassment and stalking on Twitter, as anyone can be affected.
Social media is a blessing and a curse: It connects us and brings pet people together on so many levels. I know personally, social media has allowed me to work in a career that is my passion and helping animals. I would not have nearly the amount of contacts nor connections and friends I have without social media. This is why I can call social media a blessing.
The above outlines why social media is also a curse. As with any playground in which the world partakes, there will be a contingency of folks who are in serious need of mental help, attention, and maybe even prison.
If you see something disturbing that involves another person or animal, please report it to someone and follow through. Until we know the truth of this obsessed fan and her tweets about killing her dog, all we have is one another to protect innocent people and pets from being hurt.