At first the pet puppy played happily with the other dogs in the neighborhood. But as the days passed, signs began to emerge that something had gone wrong.
The “dog”, which the family called (Run-Run), meaning “I run”, began chasing chickens and ducks in the neighborhood to kill them and devour some of them, which angered the residents, as it turned out later to be a fox from the Andes, with thin legs, a thick tail and a head. Pointy and prominent ears.
“We thought it was a purebred puppy,” Sotilo said, adding that her son bought it as a dog for the equivalent of $13 about six months ago. She said she eventually had to pay to compensate owners of chickens and ducks killed or devoured by a fox before escaping from the house.
Ren-run is still being sought by environmental police and National Forest and Wildlife Service officials to return it to a special center or zoo.
Walter Silva, a wildlife veterinarian for the agency, told Reuters that many of the wild animals are brought in from “smugglers” from the Amazon regions such as Loreto, Ucayali and Madre de Dios to be traded illegally in Lima.
“Trafficking in wild animals has such consequences. Many species of animals are captured when they are young, where they kill both parents and sell their young in informal markets,” he added.
“In this incident, a fox was bought as a local dog,” Silva added.