Wild Dogs Kill 4 In Mexico City: 1-Year-Old Found Half-Eaten, But Families Question If It Was Dogs Or Something Else

By Amir Khan on January 8, 2013 9:01 AM EST

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A wild dog (Photo: Creative Commons)

Wild dogs kill four in Mexico City in what authorities are calling one of the most gruesome attacks in the area's history. The wild dogs killed four people over the past two weeks, including a one-year-old who was found partially eaten and a young woman who frantically called her sister as the attack was taken place.

The first bodies, those of Shunashi Mendoza, 26, and her one-year-old baby, were found on December 29. Mendoza was missing her left arm, and both she and her baby were partially eaten, according to Yahoo! News. Then, last Friday, officials discovered the body of a teenage couple in the same park.

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"Experts have established that due to the gravity of the wounds, at least 10 dogs were involved in each attack," Mexico City prosecutors said, according to the Daily Mail.

The couple, Alejandra Ruiz, 15, and her boyfriend Samuel Martinez, 16, were attacked in the same area as Mendoza. During the attack, Ruiz called her sister pleading for help. Ruiz's sister thought her sister was joking at first, and still doesn't believe that her sister was killed by dogs.

"What kind of dog can tear the skin from your whole arm and leave just bone and if it was an attack dog why didn't it attack her neck?" Ruiz asked, according to the Huffington Post. "What's most shocking is that one of her breasts was mutilated."

Antemio Maya, president of the Street Dog Protection association in Mexico City, also doubts that the grisly murders were perpetrated by dogs, saying that since the attacks, police have only been able to track down small dogs.

"It's not the behaviour of street dogs to kill humans," Maya said, according to Yahoo! News. "The authorities trapped beagles, Maltese, poodles; can you imagine how long it would take for them to kill a person?"

Experts are testing the dog's hair for traces of human blood, and said they will check their stomach contents as well. It is unclear what Mexico City will do with the dogs after testing.

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