Dog attack case in Mexico causes distrust towards authorities

"Do they really want to believe that we are idiots?"

The deep distrust of the Mexican authorities has come up again after the discovery of the bodies of four people, whom allegedly according to officials, died from dog attacks, an explanation that many people refuse to believe.

"Mexicans do not believe anyone, not the church or political parties and far less believes in the police," said Enrique Cruz, who is a sociology expert, and who also noted that these institutions are responsible for the great distrust in the country.

In a telephone survey conducted by the consulting firm GCE. It revealed that 57% of respondents feel "somewhat true" or "not true" that the people who died, we killed by the dog bites of these wild dogs.

The vast majority of respondents, 74.9%, believe the unofficial version that is going around on social networks and media, which make claims that the people who were found dead were assaulted and murdered by criminals, and that the dogs just came by and bit the bodies.

Iztapalapa is where bodies have appeared in recent weeks, and is one of the most populous and poorest areas of the Mexican capital with highest crime rates.

The general opinion of the population of these deaths from dog bites which according to officials, "occurred in two separate attacks", and whom are also currently investigating the death of a fifth possible victim. Are just a "more logical or conventional" excuse for authorities to not investigate any further.

"If there is any institution that is terribly discredited in this country, it's the police, who by giving us all these scandalous facts and terrible explanations. We sometimes just end up asking ourselves, do they really want to believe that we are idiots?" said Cruz to Efe.

In his opinion, the authorities "cannot explain things", filter anomalies, and the press give incorrect arguments, "nonsense" which only end up "eventually discrediting them even more."

Professor Claudia Edwards from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is a veterinarian and specialist in clinical ethology (animal behavior) of dogs and cats, and had the opportunity to review the autopsies of two of the bodies.

Edwards said to Efe, "One tore an artery in the arm and in the other he tore an artery in the leg wounds were fatal," and besides, neither body showed signs of asphyxiation, gunshot wounds or caused by any type or sharp objects.

She also noted that these bodies had some bruising around the bite marks, and that bruising can only occur if the person was alive. Therefore, she does believe that these victims died due to these dog attacks, but does not understand why.


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