Canine Murders No Surprise in a Nation Struggling to Cut Violent Crime
Jude Webber -
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October 16, 2015

It is easy to forget Mexico City’s urban sprawl when you stroll in the capital’s Condesa neighborhood. There are cafés and trendy eateries on streets still graced by Art Deco architecture and home to chic boutiques. Joggers pound the pavements around what was once a horse track. Dog lovers enjoy its two parks.

So when a killer struck this month, claiming 18 lives in less than a week, residents were aghast. All the more so because the victims of the rat poison found in flower beds were pooches. The Condesa, after all, is the place to buy gluten-free, vegetarian dog food and canine cup cakes, where dogs have grooming parlours and shops put out water bowls for thirsty pets.

The perpetrator, or perpetrators, remain at large. One theory is that the dogs fell victim to an attempt to control a rat infestation in a restaurant, rather than dying at the hand of a crazed psychopath incensed at dog owners’ patchy poop-scooping.

Whatever the cause, the canine crime wave should perhaps come as no surprise in a country struggling to keep violence on a short leash.

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