A mysterious letter has surfaced that says Phineas the dog is safe and that we should all stop eating animals.
So has the most worried-about dog in America been rescued by animal rights activists or is it a sick hoax?
Joe Simon, the attorney for Phineas' family, posted the contents of the letter on his Facebook page. As of yet, he has yet to say who sent the letter or how it was delivered, but here's what it said:
You're outraged and frustrated you can't help aren't you? Well you can help! Your heart aches for Phineas because you care about him. And the best thing he can do is inspire you to care for our fellow earthlings as you care about him. Use that passion for good! Help the dogs on death row at the pound and kittens thrown into the river by adopting, oppose breeders, and spay/neuter. Help our cow, pig, and chicken friends hindered to slaughter by not eating them. Help the beaver drowning in a trap and coon treed by hounds by not wearing fur and leather. Help the rabbits tortured in a lab by fighting against all animal testing, and shopping cruelty free.
Help one friend like Phineas every chance you get.
Thanks for all you do for our fellow earthlings. And shame to the selfish.
If I were on death row I wouldn't want my fate in the hands of a judge. So Phineas is now safe and happy playing with friends.
More to come- Friend of Phineas
According to Simon, the letter is not a hoax.
"We have reason to believe this letter is legitimate, and hope that it is," he writes on his Facebook page.
"If it is, we are very grateful that Phineas is alive and well. We are posting the letter as requested. We are unable to divulge further information or comments at this time."
Salem Police Chief Keith Steelman tells Daily RFT that he has yet to see the actual letter, but has read the contents online.
"It appears to me by what they're saying is that they know where Phineas is and might be in possession of him," Steelman says. "But we need to know where this came from and who sent it to further our investigation."
Steelman says that his department has reached out to Simon to provide more information on who sent the letter.