Neighbors of the Cerro de la Estrella, a partly wooded, hilltop park surrounded by the city’s poor and populous Iztapalapa district, first found the bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a 1-year-old child in the area on Dec. 29, authorities in Mexico’s capital said.
The woman, Shunashi Mendoza, was missing her left arm, and prosecutors said that both she and the boy had bled to death and been partially eaten.
Then on Friday visitors to the same park found the bodies of a teenage couple who had also bled to death.
“Experts have established that due to the gravity of the wounds, at least 10 dogs were involved in each attack,” Mexico City prosecutors said in a statement.
Experts are testing the dogs’ hair for traces of human blood and will also test their stomach contents. Authorities did not say what they would do with the animals.
The area where the attacks have occured is apparently a well known area for feral dogs. Recall a tragic story last year when a boy was attacked and killed by African wild dogs when he fell into a zoo enclosure. There are also accounts of wild dogs attacking a leopard and a vehicle. They are feared in Africa and gruesome, efficient hunters.
But from the article, these were not “wild” dogs but FERAL dogs. They are described as possibly abandoned animals. Domestic stock! Are they hungry? Were they attacking for some other reason? This is a horrifying, unexpected tragedy. We should not forget: Dogs are predators.
This event has sparked debate in Mexico where dogs are treated as disposable. Yet, people don’t wish them to be exterminated. Authorities have not decided what to do with the animals. They have also not come to terms with how to deal with a feral dog problem.
From 2003 <a href=”http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/08/0821_030821_straydogs.html”>U.S. Facing Feral-Dog Crisis</a>.