The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 20, 2014

Hinton police probe hacker posting of dead dog photo

By Chris Boyd
Register-Herald Reporter

— Hinton Police Department Chief D.S. Snavely released information about a Facebook infiltration in order to protect a citizen whose account was hacked late Tuesday evening.

According to the release, Hinton Police received numerous messages via their Facebook page and phone calls to their office in regard to an individual posting on her Facebook account that she had killed a dog and posted a picture of it on her wall showing the dog laying on the railroad tracks.

After looking at the forensic evidence of the posts on Facebook and a physical exam of the dog’s body, police say they know for a fact that the dog was killed by a train several days ago. They say they also figured out that the woman’s Facebook account was accessed by someone else who posted the photos and made statements saying the woman was involved.

“I want to first say that this case is under investigation and we are looking into it seriously,” Snavely said. “However, we feel confident that at this point that (the woman) did not post this on Facebook as we have evidence that her account was hacked and being used by another person(s).

“It’s sad that someone would take the tragic death of a pet, most of which are like famliy to their owners, and exploit their death on a social media site. It’s even more tragic that someone would post this on another’s site pretending to be them and implicate them in what was determined to be a hoax.”

Chief Snavely said he simply wanted to advise that there has been a large amount of negative attention directed toward the woman.

“We are not releasing any other details at this point on this case at this time due to the fact that the case is ongoing,” he said. “We have no reason to believe that she hurt any animal in any way.”

— E-mail: cboyd@register-herald.com