Abandoned for two weeks, starving dogs eat owner

JAKARTA Wed Sep 7, 2011 11:22am EDT

1 of 3. Residents use a sack to hold a dog, one of seven dogs suspected of eating their owner, after it was captured on Indonesia's Batam island September 6, 2011. The seven dogs, starved of food and water for two weeks, are suspected of eating their Indonesian owner after he returned to his hometown in Manado from a holiday, local media reported on Tuesday. Four dogs died as residents tried to catch them and the remaining three were sent to a dog pound.

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Seven dogs starved of food and water for two weeks are suspected of eating their Indonesian owner after he returned to his hometown in Manado from a holiday, local media reported on Tuesday.

A neighborhood guard was curious when he saw luggage lined up at the front of Andre Lumboga's house, days after the 50-year old arrived back home. He approached the house, smelled something foul and called the police, according to a report.

"His skull was found in the kitchen, and his body was found in the front of his house," Eriyana, a local police chief in Batam, an island off Sumatra, told VIVAnews website.

Lumboga arrived home last Wednesday, but his body was just discovered on Monday.

"We suspect that the dogs were hungry, so they attacked Andre, because they had not been fed for 14 days," he said. Police also found bones of two other dogs, believed to have also been eaten by the hungry canines.

Lumboga was from northern Sulawesi island, a predominantly Christian area, where the local spicy diet is famous in Indonesia for including dogs, bats and forest rats.

(Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by Neil Chatterjee and Ed Lane)

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Comments (10)
karojen wrote:
Who would leave dogs even one day with no food and water? IF he did keep the dogs so he could eat them, I say it’s karma and sad all of the way around. Sorry for his family’s loss but I’m sorry for the misery those dogs suffered because of his lack od care.

Sep 07, 2011 1:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
I think the owner got what he deserved. I can’t imagine how he could treat his animals with such cruelty.

Sep 07, 2011 2:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
audiosmear wrote:
Well at least we know the dogs won’t turn into zombies because this idiot didn’t have a brain…

Sep 07, 2011 2:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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