Dozens of Dogs Killed in Mexico at Hands of “Mataperros”

Hermosillo, Mexico, where someone has been methodically killing domestic dogs across the city.
Hermosillo, Mexico, where someone has been methodically killing domestic dogs across the city.

Top Story — At least 64 dogs in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo have been killed by the same poison in a crime that has shocked the city of some 800,000 people, according to The Associated Press.

City authorities say that many more dogs have likely been killed by a man the local media has named “Mataperros” (“The Dog Killer”), who has apparently used either an insecticide or rat poison wrapped in meat to methodically kill domestic dogs in Hermosillo. The systematic killings were first noticed in mid-March, when authorities began to find an unusually high number of dead dogs on the streets.

An anonymous radio caller has confessed to committing the killings with accomplices, complaining about dog bites and loose dogs. Some have questioned the veracity of the call, however, due to the fact that the focus of the attacks has not been stray dogs but domestic dogs killed inside the gates and homes of city residents.

Although killing a dog is not a serious offense in Mexico, the culprit has thrown poison into private yards and patios, which is seen as both trespassing and endangering the lives of the homes’ residents.

The outcry over the killings has made its way to the United States, where Los Angeles-based Mexican actor Raul Julia-Levy has offered a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to arrests. “When have you heard of anything like this?” he said. “We know there are serial killers of humans, but we’ve never heard of a serial killer of dogs.”

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