We all know the adorable memes with Walter the dog. But why do people think he’s dead?

Walter has become a big celebrity and social media star after memes with the dog circulated on the internet.

One of Walter’s most memorable memes is ‘When you open the front-facing camera on accident’ where the dog has captured the perfect selfie.

People claim that Walter the dog is dead after he reportedly got involved in an accident. Here’s the social media hoax explained.

Did Walter the dog die?

No, Walter the dog is not dead.

Images of an injured dog that looks like Walter have circulated on social media, suggesting that the dog has died during an incident.

However, the owner of Nelson (Walter’s real name) has taken to Twitter to explain that this was another dog.

The owner wrote: “I don’t know where this image originated, but I am happy to report that Nelson is not dead. The injured dog in the vet photos is named Billy.

“He was shot protecting his owner during an armed robbery, but has since made a full recovery.”

You can see the full explanation from Walter’s owner in the Instagram post down below.

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Who was the injured dog?

As Walter’s owner has explained, the injured dog is named Billy and was wounded during an armed robbery.

The bull terrier got shot in Philadelphia earlier this year, but the dog has already recovered.

Fans share tweets about Walter the dog

It’s safe to say that Twitter broke with tributes to Walter after people initially thought that the dog had died.

Some have called for others to research the internet better before taking to social media to spread false reports.

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