Footage reportedly captured a canine dog carrying a severed human head chopped by drug cartels in its mouth on the streets of Zacatecas, Mexico.
The footage showed a stray dog walking down the street carrying the head, which officials eventually managed to force the head out of the animal’s mouth, CBS News reported Saturday.
Police said the victim’s body, along with others, had been left in an ATM booth in the town of Monte Escobedo on Wednesday with a message connected to a drug cartel, the outlet reported. During the police investigation, the dog ran off with the corpse’s head.
Ésta debe ser una de las imágenes más fuertes del 2022 en nuestro México.
Captan a un perro cargando una cabeza humana en su hocico, habría ocurrido en Zacatecas. pic.twitter.com/acl6DO4FYS
— Hannia Novell نوفيل (@HanniaNovell) October 28, 2022
Sinaloa and Jalisco drug cartels have plagued Zacatecas and surrounding communities with violence and bloody wars, the outlet reported. The cartels frequently leave notes on deceased, dismembered remains to intimidate rivals and authorities. (RELATED: Powerful Mexican Drug Cartel Leaves A Gruesome Package Outside TV Office)
In April, authorities found six severed heads on a car roof with a sign that warned “This will happen to anyone who messes around,” CBS News reported. Seven bodies were also found in June close to a tourist region with warning messages written on their bodies.
More recently, police found five dismembered bodies inside an abandoned vehicle in Juarez Tuesday. The abandoned black Ford Expedition contained the dead bodies of three men and one woman with their lower limbs severed. Police later found an unidentified fifth body with a severed head.
The area, across the borer from El Paso, Texas, has witnessed over 850 murders in 2022 alone, according to Border Report.