This story has circulated on
the Internet since about 2003 and has, to our knowledge, never been
Some versions say the
ad appeared "in a newspaper" without identifying which one.
Others versions have
inserted the names of various newspapers including one that started
appearing on the Internet in 2007 that said it was published in the
Atlanta Journal in Georgia. That one has generated calls to the Atlanta
Humane Society, mostly from people asking if it's really true, but the
Human Society said they did not place the ad and don't know who did.
Sometime along the way
someone added the picture of the dog.