LOS ANGELES — A false story being shared online claims a restaurant in California was given permission to serve dog meat while a court considered if eating it would be a religious right.
There's no such restaurant and the sale of dog meat as human food is illegal in the state.
The false story has appeared online in various forms since at least 2014. The most recent version of the story about the so-called Puchow de Manila Eatery and Fine Dining restaurant in Los Angeles alleged an unnamed "Filipino group" asked a Supreme Court to lift the ban on eating dog meat because it violated members' religious rights.
The article on the grandemeli site didn't specify whether the Supreme Court of California or the U.S. Supreme Court was considering taking the case. However, it said that in the meantime, the restaurant had "provisional permission" to serve the meat.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in an email this week that it has no record of such a restaurant and confirmed the ban remains in place.
The latest site to run such a story couldn't be reached for comment, as it published no contact information and registered the page through a third-party service.
This is part of The Associated Press' ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.