Pack of stray dogs maul four people to death in Mexico City park
A pack of stray dogs are reported to have killed four people, including a mother and her one-year-old baby, in Mexico City in recent weeks.
According to AFP, the bodies of the mother and her baby were found with bite marks on 29 December at Cerro de la Estrella, a partly wooded hilltop park.
The Daily Mail reports that the 26-year-old woman, Shunashi Mendoza, was missing her left arm and officials said both she and her one-year-old son bled to death and had been partially eaten.
On 5 January, a teenage couple were discovered at Cerro de la Estrella in the eastern Iztapalapa district and had also bled to death.
Alejandra Ruiz, 15, and her boyfriend Samuel Martinez, 16, went to the park on Friday afternoon. Alejandra called her sister Diana Ruiz at around 7pm pleading for help and screamed: 'Several dogs are attacking us, help me!'
In a statement, Mexico City prosecutors said: 'Experts have established that due to the gravity of the wounds, at least 10 dogs were involved in each attack.'
Mexico City police have rounded up stray dogs in an ecological reserve and have ruled out a deadly robbery as the victims had all their belongings on them.
So far, 25 dogs have been captured by the Animal Control Brigade, including eight puppies, which were found hiding in caves and holes. The operation will include the capital's huge Chapultepec Park.
A study in 2008 by the National Autonomous University of Mexico found that three million abandoned dogs roam the streets of Mexico City.
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