Posted October 04, 2018 05:59:48 A man has been taken to hospital after his dog’s remains were found at a home in the French Alps.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had eaten the dog’s stomach.
“It was a very strange, but not impossible, outcome,” his wife said.
“We don’t know if it was an accident or whether there was foul play involved.”
Neighbours called the police after the dog was found by a family member at their home in a remote area of the Alps.
It was believed to be a stray and had been euthanased.
A spokeswoman for the local police force said the dog had been “unusual”.
“It’s not unusual to find dogs with strange wounds, especially when you’re dealing with pets,” she said.
Local police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the dog.
Local veterinarian Dr Alain Roux said there were many possible causes for the dog to be so badly decomposed.
“This was a common dog,” he said.
“[It] was one of the most popular breeds, so it’s very difficult to explain to people how this could happen.”
Dogs’ intestines are more easily removed from a body, so an autopsy could reveal the cause of death, but that would be impossible to do without a large amount of human tissue.
Dr Roux added that it was not known whether the dog would be able to be identified.
“There’s nothing to prove it’s a dog, nothing to tell the owner that it’s been eaten,” he told ABC News.
“The owner of the dog has a lot of responsibility, because we don’t have a clue as to the circumstances of this dog’s death.”
Neighbour and neighbour’s story: Dogs eat human remains in France’s Alps