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Dogs Devour Body Of Their Devoted Owner

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Seven dogs ate the body of their owner, who died in his apartment over the Fourth of July weekend.

The discovery was made Thursday night at the man’s Manhattan apartment, police said Saturday.

The 51-year-old man, whose name was not released, was last seen by neighbors on July 5. Police said most of his body had been eaten.

John Mercado, a friend of the man, said the victim had AIDS. He had no family and “carried the picture of the dogs in his wallet,” Mercado said.

The dogs were taken to an animal control center. They cannot get the the human AIDS virus, said Fred Winters, of the Department of Health.

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