The bodies of four individuals brutally killed by wild dogs in Mexico City have been discovered during the last two weeks, say officials.
The mauled and mutilated bodies were found in a park located on the outskirts of the city where police also believe the killings took place.
The first two victims were identified as 26-year-old female Shunashi Mendoza, and a 1-year-old male child. Their bodies were discovered in a horrific scene by neighbors of the hilltop park Cerro de la Estrella. According to authorities, the victims had been mauled to death on December 29, 2012.
An article by The Examiner reports that the wild dogs left the victims' bodies in a gruesome state. Mexican authorities have revealed that the child victim bled to death from injuries incurred during the attack. The female victim's left arm showed evidence of being ripped from her body. The bodies of both victims had been partially eaten by the animals.
On January 4, the bodies of a teenage couple were found in Cerro de la Estrella with similar injuries. The second set of victims, identified as 15-year-old Alejandra Ruiz and 16-year-old Samuel Martinez, were reported to have suffered fatal bleeding.
A statement released this week by officials involved in the investigation reported:
"Experts have established that due to the gravity of the wounds, at least 10 dogs were involved in each attack."
The female found in the second death scene telephoned her sister, Diana Ruiz, to beg for help as the wild dogs were attacking her and her boyfriend. Alejandra Ruiz was able to scream "Several dogs are attacking us, help me!" before the attack forced the end of the call.
Authorities later reported that at the time of the exchange the surviving sister believed the call was a prank. The phone call was the last time the sisters spoke before the young couple succumbed to death from the attack, writes The Associated Press.
Diana Ruiz later spoke to Milenio Television about the terrible ordeal and her doubts about the deaths being caused by an animal attack:
"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? What's most shocking is that one of her breasts was mutilated."
Mexico City Public Safety Secretary Jesus Rodriguez stated that evidence collected indicates that the victims died at the attack sites. The bodies showed signs of bites inflicted by wild dogs while the individuals were still alive. Additional bites were found to be sustained after death.
Approximately 100 police officers investigated the park and by Monday night had trapped 25 dogs found in caves and crevices throughout Cerro de la Estrella. Experts intend to search the wild dogs for evidence of the attacks that killed four in Mexico City.