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.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.