- By Esteban Leal
- Diario El Centro
- July 8, 2004
- The "winged dogs" that attacked Juan Acuña,
and the ones allegedly responible for sheep and hen deaths, continue to
spread fear in Parral.
- PARRAL -
The description given by Juan Acuña Perira, who was attacked by
unknown animals he likens to "winged dogs", coincides remarkably
with an image published by a Mexican newspaper [in 1996- translator's note],
an image that has been circulated throughout the Internet and was neither
denied nor classified as true by researchers of strange phenomena.
- The peasant described the creature as an earless dog
with shining eyes, and more telling yet, the bite he suffered on one of
his feet clearly shows a triagular, three-fanged bite.
- The deep scratches to his arms upon resisting the attack
sunday morning are proof of claws as the ones shown [in the photograph
of the strange creature]. The injuries were analyzed on Monday by experts
of the Forensic Medical Service of Cauquenes at the request of the Parral
D.A.'s office. Physicians concluded that Acuña was indeed attacked
by an animal, but one belonging to an unknown species, as reported by EL
- The peasant was attacked as he walked across a pasture
near Canal Fiscal, close to Calle 2. He claims that two specimens attacked
him, the smallest being the fiercest, and went for his throat. He brushed
this one off with both arms, leaving deep scratches in his upper body which
testified to what he told Carabineros [State Police] at the Reina Luisa
barracks. He added that he then fell to the ground and was bitten in an
ankle. He took off as best he could and jumped into the canal's waters,
followed by the flying specimens, who hovered waiting for him to come out.
He tried, but the strange creatures renewed their attacks until they finally
desisted and the peasant was able to ask for help.
- Ever since the case became known on local and national
radio and newspapers on Monday, fear and jokes have spread throughout the
community, where strange events had been taking place since the previous
week: the first one to become known involved the death of a dozen hens
at a local commune, where a resident claimed having seen the shadows of
two unknown creatures that flew away from the field until they lost themselves
in the vineyards.
- Photos of the attack on Mr. Acuña: