Residents of a town in central Mexico were stunned to see a dog running down the street with a human head in its mouth.

A video posted on social media showed the dog walking down a dark street, carrying her head by her neck, and apparently intending to lead her to a safe place to eat her.

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Officials in the state of Zacatecas, which has seen high levels of violence, confirmed the incident and said Thursday that police eventually managed to remove the dog’s human head.

A police official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the head and other human remains had been left at an ATM in the town of Monte Escobedo on Wednesday night.

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Along with the human remains was a message referring to a drug cartel. But a stray dog ​​took the corpse’s head away before police could intervene.

Zacatecas has been the scene of a bloody and protracted turf war between local organizations backed by the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels.

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Drug cartels in Mexico often leave notes next to piles of dismembered human remains, in order to intimidate their rivals or the authorities.

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