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Man's body eaten by pet dogs

The Local · 17 May 2011, 11:51

Published: 17 May 2011 11:51 GMT+02:00

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The man, a mechanic who had died from an apparent stroke, lay dead for days before his starving pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks began to eat his corpse, daily Bild reported.

“Someone I know works in the morgue and saw the body. His dogs didn’t leave much of him behind,” a neighbour told the paper.

Several months ago, the man had suffered a severe stroke. He lay for a long time in a coma and then, when he emerged, took extended sick leave.

An acquaintance said of the two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, Tima, 3, and Muma, 1: “He loved his dogs above all. And his dogs loved him.”

A recurrence of the stroke apparently killed the man, investigators believe. His dogs waited some time, according to Bild, and then began to eat his body.

“The man lay dead for about two weeks in his apartment,” the state prosecutor in Cologne told the paper.

His daughter had tried to phone him repeatedly and eventually called the police. Officers broke into the loft apartment and found the man’s body and the dogs.

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The dogs were taken to an animal shelter.

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Your comments about this article

18:20 May 17, 2011 by derExDeutsche
it wasn't so bad once they 'imagined the taste of a free-spirited, cultured woman'
18:34 May 17, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
what a sad way to go... not just your corpse being eaten by your dogs... but dying alone and nobody even wondering what has happened to you...
18:45 May 17, 2011 by trash head
> but dying alone and nobody even wondering what has happened to you

If dogs replace social contacts ...
18:46 May 17, 2011 by derExDeutsche
not to mention, how un-islamic !
19:20 May 17, 2011 by DOZ

Including Germans
19:33 May 17, 2011 by Gretl
derExDeutsche - I am glad I'm not the only one who wondered about the cannibalistic or erotic day dream. I wonder what a free-spirited but chained by the burdens of life, uncultured middle-aged woman tastes like?
21:04 May 17, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
You know what they say about Rhodesian Ridgebacks...
21:49 May 17, 2011 by wxman
The owner's job was to feed them. When he failed in that regard, the pooches took it upon themselves to rectify the situation.
07:50 May 18, 2011 by auniquecorn
19:33 May 17, 2011 by Gretl

derExDeutsche - I am glad I'm not the only one who wondered about the cannibalistic or erotic day dream. I wonder what a free-spirited but chained by the burdens of life, uncultured middle-aged woman tastes like?

11:03 May 18, 2011 by munchingmuschiinmünchen
@ DOZ - Canadian dollars dont really count!
21:08 May 18, 2011 by Finnish guy
I don't think it is sad that dogs eat your dead body. You don't need your body after death and it is nice that somebody else can still benefit from your body. In Tibet so called sky burial, where animals eat the body, is the most valued way of getting buried and I have somewhat similar values.

However, for the dogs it may be traumatic experience even though it may have saved their lives.
06:17 May 19, 2011 by Da Goat
His dogs loved him till the last!
09:12 May 19, 2011 by MfromUSA
I am going to leave out extra food for my dogs...........that way they won't have to choose between eating my rotting carcass or death. YUK!!!!
21:46 May 19, 2011 by toemag
It's not as if this has never happend before, cats, dogs, rats and even the flies and maggots love decaying flesh. Mother nature always tidies up after herself.
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