On Monday, Mexico City authorities revealed that for the past two weeks wild dogs in a nearby park have bitten, mauled and eaten body parts of four people they killed.
On Saturday, Dec. 29, a 26-year-old woman named Shunashi Mendoza obviously tried to fend off the wild animals and protect the one-year-old boy with her in the park, but she lost her arm as a result, and they both lost their lives to the feral animals, authorities say. Both victims bled to death and Olga Rodriguez of the Associated Press also reported that the two were partially eaten.
What a terrible and tragic occurrence. And one that could have been avoided if dog laws were more strictly enforced in Mexico City and elsewhere. In fact, despite the news that four people have been killed due to these dangerous dogs in a Mexico City park there are still animal advocates who are championing for police to not kill those found to be involved. Isn't that unbelievable?
According to Rodriquez of the AP, the president of the Street Dog Protection Association doesn't believe street dogs could have done this, and that police need to spend their time educating people about how to treat their animals rather than warning the public about "killer dogs."
And animal rights activists are urging police not to kill the dogs. Instead, they want them to...wait for it: find them homes or leave them in the park.
Are they nuts?
Animal rights activists need to be the ones to start hanging out in that park and trying to befriend the animals that also killed and partially ate 15-year-old Alejandra Ruiz and her 16-year-old boyfriend Samuel Martinez. Let them deal with dogs so feral they strip skin from the arm, as they did in the young teen girl's case.
Ruiz tried to get help when the attack first occurred, calling a family member and making it very clear about what was robbing her of her life in that moment. She told her sister Diana in her distress call on Friday night around 7 p.m. that "Several dogs are attacking us, help me!"
Diana never made it to Alejandra in time, unfortunately. And Diana, like many animal rights activists and pet owners around the world, can't wrap her mind around the fact that a dog--even a street dog--could attack, maul and eat a human's flesh. But in 2012 there was a Huffington Post news report about a grandmother being attacked by five dogs she had been attempting to feed.
And other stories throughout the year exhibit something many don't want to consider: a house pet can decide to turn on its master. It is possible. And animals left to their own devices to roam streets and live in parks are even more likely to attack as not.
(Wild dogs photo credit: Canada.com)