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Abandoned for two weeks, starving dogs eat owner
September 7, 2011 / 3:25 PM / 6 years ago

Abandoned for two weeks, starving dogs eat owner

<p>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. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

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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