Authorities said yesterday that wild dogs roaming the Cerro de la Estrella National Park, which lies entirely in the capital, were responsible for mauling and killing at least four people in recent weeks.
Wildlife units captured 25 wild dogs at the park today. That's an AP photo above of police hunting the dogs in the park. The fate of the dogs is up in the air, and Mayor Miguel Mancera seemed to be backing down from reports that some would be put to sleep.
“We’re not making any decisions. The dogs are in a shelter and we have to check on the health,” Mancera said at a midday press conference.
I can barely keep track of all the tweets on this subject that are flying across my screen. Most of them are outraged that the dogs may die. Many carry the hashtag #nosonperrosasesinos (or #theyarenotkillerdogs).
I confess. I do not sympathize. Wild dogs in Europe, Asia and Latin America have chased me. Rabies is so rampant in India that I got a rabies vaccine after one trip where I was nearly bitten by a dog in an alley in Dharamsala. Also, where's the sympathy for the four people mauled and bitten to death?
That’s my say. Here are some tweets with a different opinion – and occasional mordant humor.
/”I support the dogs. They are more human than those who want to kill them”
/”The police effectively detain 25 for a homicide … but they are 25 dogs!”
/”Next they’ll want to arrest pigeons for pooping on your car.”
/”An attack by a dog pack? What comes next, killer ants? And what about the attacks by kidnappers, rapists and killers?”
Dog supporters are trying to convoke a mass rally in Mexico City’s main square for Saturday at 11 a.m. This issue has hit a nerve. Mexico City residents love their dogs -- some three million of them. That's not counting the 120,000 or so stray, street and feral dogs in the metropolitan area (link in Spanish).