might be alarmed by the possibility of nail-laced cheese cubes at dog parks—but there's no need to be.
The Facebook-based thread warns “New trend at dog parks, nails in pieces of cheese, if you take your dogs to dog parks, be careful.” The warning is accompanied by a photo of a person's palm filled with cubes of cheese with what appears to be nails embedded.
Urban Legends Reference website Snopes.com reports that people claimed to have received warnings about the cheese in the Chicago area, as well as Massachusetts.
The picture is authentic, but the threat is empty, Snopes reports. There are no known reports of such treats found in Chicago area—or —dog parks.
The picture comes from a July 2011 report of similarly spiked treats found in a kennel near a public park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Snopes reports. A dog walker there found the treats on the floor of a kennel. There were no reports of animals being harmed, according to Snopes.
Reports of water bowls at dog parks spiked with antifreeze in Augusta, Maine, are also bogus, Snopes reports.