Stranded Man Eats Own Dog to Survive

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Many of us animal lovers say that if we are ever faced with the decision to eat our pets to survive and dying, we would rather die. Truth is that we don’t know for sure this would be our decision until we are forced to make it in real life. For 44-year-old, Marco Lavoie, eating his German shepherd, was the only option he had to survive.

Earlier this July, Lavoie, a Canadian resident, took off on a three month solitary canoe trip across Canada’s wilderness. He took his pet along the trip, but unfortunately, Lavoie lost his food and canoe to a bear on the Nottaway River in Quebec.

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Since then, the Canadian man had been fending for himself and his dog, but with the lack of food and no rescue in sight, Lavoie had to kill and eat his own German shepherd to survive.

“Up there, in the Canadian shield, there’s little plant life to live off so he would have been slowly, painfully dying. It’s an amazing feat that he was able to keep himself alive this long with almost no equipment,” Caleb Musgrave, a survival instructor with Ontario’s Canadian Bushcraft, told the Montreal Gazette.

Lavoie was found by authorities on November 2, 2013 after a family member reported him missing. The report came after Lavoie failed to check in with friends and family.

The heartbreaking decision to eat his dog was not an easy one, but Lavoie came to this decision a few days after he encountered the bear and lost all survival gear. The desperate man killed his pet using a rock.

When authorities found the stranded outdoorsman, he was in deplorable conditions. Lavoie was suffering from hypothermia, dehydration, had lost 90 lbs, and was barely able to speak. Authorities say that if the outdoors man was found just a few days later he would have been found dead.

Lavoie is hospitalized at the moment and he will remain under medical care for a few more weeks.

Richard Carbanneu, a Quebec Provincial Police spokesperson said Lavoie’s first words to authorities after being rescued were that he wanted a new dog.

“He is very ill and he can barely talk, but when our officers spoke to him in hospital the only thing he said was, ‘I want to get a new dog,'” said Carbanneu. “I suppose he must feel very guilty about eating his pet, it is obvious he loved him very much and did not want to do what he did.”

 

34 thoughts on “Stranded Man Eats Own Dog to Survive”

  1. I would do the same as anonymous! I would die with my dog! There is no way I could even imagine doing anything like that. My pets are my family!

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  2. I personally dont think this man deserves all this hate he is getting through the FB comments. He left for his journey in July and didnt get reported missing until November, thats 5 months. He then lost all his gear as well as provisions for himself and his dog sometime into the trip and was found on the verge of death – I dont know what I would do in his situation myself, but I wouldnt want my own dog to suffer a slow death due to lack of/no food through starvation or something worse like an infected injury or disease.

    While the death of the dog is sad, the dogs death saved his owner – a man with a job, plenty of friends and plenty of family members who would greatly grieve for him and suffer more (emotionally) than the death of the dog. If this man was a married man with children and was the bread winner in the family, his death would cause a greater impact than the dogs.

    As much as I detest unnecessary animal abuse/killing, would you all still act the same if he were to hunt down a deer or a baby bear or whatever to eat in order to survive?

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    • A. Hikers know to hang their supplies from a tree so bears won’t get them. B. Hikers know you should never be more than a day from a checkpoint/ranger station, etc.. C. He ate the dog three days in. People regularly fast for longer than three days. D. Then he proceeded to live months *after* that. This was an inexperienced idiot who took his pet on a trip he was not ready for, had not planned properly, and then panicked and killed the dog he made come with him.

      This is the exact same situation as the hiker who abandoned his dog in the mountains after taking it along on a hike he and the dog could not handle. Only more tragic, because no one came to rescue this poor dog as his owner, the person he trusted the most in the world, turned on him with a rock and bashed his head in.

      Seriously screw this guy. He should never own a dog again. The fact he asked for one *immediately* actually freaks me the hell out.

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      • In the end, whats done is done. I’m not going to judge a man for doing what he had done in order to survive. He may have eaten his own dog earlier instead of dragging it out, but in the end hunger will drive anyone to do drastic things.

        You do not know what you would or would not do when put in that same exact situation.

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        • No, I won’t know because I would never be so stupid to walk into such a potential disastrous situation inexperienced and unprepared. I will judge someone who puts their own lives and others at risk because they were stupid. Especially when they beat their faithful dogs head in with a rock when they did not need to…and after a “few days” (Some articles have said three), he did not.

          And he stated he killed the dog to eat it because he was starving… after only three days. (People fast for longer than that as part of “cleansing diets.”) Frankly put a man and a dog in the wilderness and the dog is going to fare better because he has natural instincts to fall back on.

          Like I said, the immediate request for another dog creeps me out. He has proven himself to be a bad owner on multiple levels and should not have another pet.

          Save the “you don’t know what you would do” for people whose homes are broken into, who are on a cruise ship that sinks, real accidents. This was just tragic stupidity that could have been avoided with common sense and experience.

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      • actually if you read other reports, he ate his poor dog 3 days AFTER he lost his canoe and gear and NOT 3 days into the trip. So (a) here’s another version and (b) in no report I’ve read did it mention HOW he lost the gear… just that it was a bear. Hang on.. there was ONE report that said the dog had chased it (the bear) off? I do think that people just love to jump on just about anyone! whether they have all the details or not. Just as an exercise, google this and count the number of reports that pop up and then read them all and the count the differences.
        All I’m really saying here is we don’t have all the details, just what the media thinks will make the best story (and you know I’m right about that).
        I cannot and will not make a judgement. Mainly because I’ve never been in the woods in my life and also I’ve got no idea what I’d do if faced with starvation. I can’t imagine killing and eating my furbaby but I just don’t know.

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    • You’re assuming that non human animals are “worth less” than humans. Humans constantly place themselves higher than non humans. Why? We know that animals have bonds, that they feel fear and joy, they mourn, they experience a wide range of emotions. Dogs are able to very accurately read the faces of humans whereas humans are rubbish at reading or interpreting dog signals. So really, that only leaves the working that makes the human valuable. The more we learn about non human animals the lower down the rank humans go…

      I wonder how prepared the man was when he went on his trip. I hope he doesn’t get another dog.

      Nope, sorry, I know that I wouldn’t do that to my dogs.

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      • In the end, whats done is done. I’m not going to judge a man for doing what he had done in order to survive. He may have eaten his own dog earlier instead of dragging it out, but in the end hunger will drive anyone to do drastic things.

        You do not know what you would or would not do when put in that same exact situation.

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    • deer would seem more feasible. what ninnie would seek out a baby bear? like a mother bear, would be so willing to give up her young. please…. ur talking in the midst of summer. july. so much, prey available-everywhere. if he was not skilled enough to be out in the wild. what the hell was he doing there….????. the fact that he wanted another dog, asap. sounds like the weird man liked the flavor….this may need inquiry. or is eating dog, just ok. in other countries?

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  3. Please check your facebook page. Someone has erroniously posted the man was lost for 3 days instead of the true 3 MONTHS! Please fix it!!!!

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  4. I read that this dog actually saved his life from the bear earlier. Kind of hard not to think he betrayed this dog.

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  5. If he can eat his pet, then he probably would have eaten his child also. A pet is family also. You are supposed to love and care for your pet as you should your family. Not kill your family with a rock to eat it . He does not deserve to ever have any pet ever again.

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    • If you ever have a child or a loved one put in this same situation, are you telling me you’re going to think of them as a heartless killer instead of being relieved they are found alive and well?

      You’re supposed to love and care for livestock too, that still gets slaughtered and shipped off to be eaten

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