The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

Mexico City dog attack death toll may rise to five


MEXICO CITY (AFP) - A teenager found dead last month near a Mexico City park may have been killed by dogs, making her possibly the fifth victim of canine attacks shocking the capital, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The 15-year-old girl, Ana Gabriela Nataret Ramirez, died in a hospital after police found her on Dec 16 with several wounds on a street near the park of Cerro de La Estrella, the city prosecutor's office said.

The torn-up bodies of a woman with a baby and a teenage couple were discovered in the same park in the past two weeks. Authorities say stray dogs killed the four in separate incidents, prompting police to round up the animals this week.

The city prosecutor's office said both arms of the Dec 16 victim showed signs of "mutilation" and that a new investigation, which was prompted by the discovery of the four other dog victims, found that it was "a possible new case of homicide caused by wounds made by dogs."