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Posted on April 7, 2017, at 4:40 p.m. ET
After the explosion, soccer fans held up a banner that said, “Endless is the pain that tears the heart to pieces. Piter, we’re mourning.” Piter is a common short form for St. Petersburg.
As AP reports, the dog's owner died, but the pup survived the accident.
The myth has been repeated by many publications, but local police say it has no basis in reality.
That story was part of an April Fool's prank, Snopes reports.
The story may seem obviously fake to some, but pro-Trump media pedalled the false conspiracy theory.
While it's glorious to imagine an army of squirrels trained to attack on command, the story was published on a known fake news site, Snopes reports.
And it's a little ironic. The museum is expected to save between $8,000 and $10,000 per year, AP reports.
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