Woman Arrested for Training Squirrels to Attack Her Ex-Boyfriend?

Reports that a woman was arrested for training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend are fake news.

  • Published 3 April 2017


A woman was arrested for training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend.



On 31 March 2017, the World News Daily Report (WNDR) web site published an article appearing to report that a 43-year-old woman named Janice Smith was arrested for training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend:

45-year old Janice Smith was arrested this morning by officers of the Detroit Police Department, for allegedly capturing numerous squirrels and training them to attack her former lover.

The victim, 51-year old James Robinson, was presumably attacked by the rodents on more than a dozen occasions over the last month.

There was no truth to the story. World News Daily Report is a well known fake news site with a long history of publishing fictional stories. The web site also bears a disclaimer noting that all of its content is satirical:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

The supposed mug shot of “Janice Smith” that accompanied the article is actually a photograph of Maryland woman Michelle Waro, who was arrested in 2014 for throwing bricks through her father-in-law’s windows. A second mugshot of Waro was released by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office:

Since 1994
A Word to Our Loyal Readers

Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.

  • David Mikkelson
  • Doreen Marchionni
  • David Emery
  • Bond Huberman
  • Jordan Liles
  • Alex Kasprak
  • Dan Evon
  • Dan MacGuill
  • Bethania Palma
  • Liz Donaldson
  • Vinny Green
  • Ryan Miller
  • Chris Reilly
  • Chad Ort
  • Elyssa Young

Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.

We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.

Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.

Team Snopes