Corpses of as many as four people presumably killed by stray dogs have been found on Cerro de la Estrella – a hill south of downtown Mexico City – in the recent days. The Distrito Federal attorney reported that lesions on the corpses were caused by application of pressure and perforation of the soft tissues consistent with dog bites.
In their preliminary report, the capital city’s veterinary experts and criminologists stated that chemistry analysis found traces of canine gastric juices in victims’ blood, confirmed presence of canine hair on victim’s bodies and concluded that the lesions on the bodies were produced antemortem and post-mortem at the scene. The Public Ministry report concluded that due to the severity of wounds, the attacks were carried out by a pack of ten or more dogs.
The first two bodies – 26 year old female identified as Shunashi Elizabeth Mendoza Caamal and an infant of one year and eight months – were found on December 29, 2012 approximately 200 meters from La Calle 5 de Mayo (the May 5th Street), the Valle de Luces colony, Iztapalapa, in the ecological reserve of Cerro de la Estrella. Both were semi-eaten with avulsion injuries to limbs and large tears in multiple regions, some so deep they exposed bones. Their belongings were scattered across the area.
The other two bodies – young couple of 15 and 16 years of age – were found on January 5, 2013 in the Valle de Luces (Star Valley Lights) colony, Iztapalapa. They were identified as Alejandra Ruiz García and Samuel Suriel Martínez. These two also had lesions on different parts of the body consistent with bites of carnivorous animals like dogs.