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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

EARLY 1978, BARAHONA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Scott Corrales said that in early 1978, mutilations, accompanied by strange lights and bizarre creatures, tormented the cane-cutters of the town of Barahona, the Dominican Republic, who reported that a "gigantic dog" was slaying and eating domestic animals in the dead of the night.

He says this monstrous canine possessed above average intelligence, as it was able to open pens and cages, extracting the last drop of blood from its hapless victims, which consisted largely of cats, hens and rabbits.

Local authorities dismissed any supernatural suggestions, stating that it was merely "a joke in the poorest of taste" executed by the inhabitants of this agricultural area. The fact that the locals could ill afford sacrificing their animals for the sake of a prank was deemed irrelevant.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001139
Date of event: December 1978
Earliest report of event: 2006?
Delay of report: Days, 3 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Police.
First certain record by: Ufology bulletin Scott Corrales.
First alleged record type: Police.
First certain record type: Ufology bulletin.
This file created on: May 19, 2010
This file last updated on: May 19, 2010
Country of event: Dominican Republic
State/Department: Barahona
Type of location: Outside.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Uncertain.
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: Several
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Cane-cutters.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Animal, chien
Entities height: Not reported, big.
Entities outfit type: N/A
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Black.
Entities body: Not reported. Gigantic dog.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Eats small farm animals.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) feelings: Upset.
Witness(es) interpretation: Gigantic dog.
Explanation category: Non event, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. sc1:] SCOTT CORRALES:

[... Other cases ...]

The stage for the sightings moved from the Dominican Republic's eastern tip to its western border with Haiti, near the sugar-producing region on the Bay of Ocoa, in late 1977 and early 1978, with events taking a grislier turn: mutilations, accompanied by strange lights and bizarre creatures, tormented the cane-cutters of the town of Barahona, who reported that a "gigantic dog" was slaying and eating domestic animals in the dead of the night. This monstrous canine possessed above average intelligence, as it was able to open pens and cages, extracting the last drop of blood from its hapless victims, which consisted largely of cats, hens and rabbits. Local authorities dismissed any supernatural suggestions, stating that it was merely "a joke in the poorest of taste" executed by the inhabitants of this agricultural area. The fact that the locals could ill afford sacrificing their animals for the sake of a prank was deemed irrelevant.

[... Other cases ...]

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Barahona, Dominican Republic, on December 1978, at night, a creature resembling a large black dog repeatedly mutilated small animals like dogs, cats, chickens, and rabbits under cover of darkness and with chilling finesse: it made its way into chicken coops and pens somehow opening the gates without destroying them. Local residents believed that the otherworldly creature had some sort of "intelligence" that allowed it to elude their best efforts at catching it. Soon the murderous phantom dog was joined by an even more fearsome manifestation: a cadaverous being resembling a human female. (Island folklore mentions fearsome female like creatures called "Ciguapas.) Those who managed to see it closely noted that its face "appeared to be covered with cotton". This entity was also blamed for a number of mutilations.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Scott Corrales, Inexplicata Issue #10."

Points to consider:

Barahona is one of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic. Its chief town is Santa Cruz de Barahona.

Of course you would think the locals would not afford sacrificing their animals for the sake of a prank, but they do afford sacrificing their animals for the sake of local cults.

Left: rooster sacrificed in voodoo ceremony. The animal's blood is poured out.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature and origin of story unknown: local rumour, newspapers...? Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe May 19, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Police investigation with negative conclusion on the case. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Non event, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 19, 2010 Creation, [sc1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 19, 2010 First published.

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