A man in his 40s has been found dead in a field with stab wounds and one of his arms half chewed off by dogs.
Police are investigating the gruesome death which happened this morning in Tenerife.
A post mortem is being carried out to determine whether the victim died as a result of the knife attack, or whether he was still alive when eaten by the pets and died from blood loss.
His wounds were said to be "horrific".
He was found in the middle of a field in the historic city of La Laguna which is in the north of Tenerife in the early hours of today.
The emergency services were alerted just before 1am.
Some reports suggest the man was still alive at the time and was calling for help as a number of people said they had heard someone shouting.
The man was found by the police and fire brigade.
He had suffered knife and bite wounds and was already dead.
Part of one of his arms had been chewed off by two dogs listed on the potentially dangerous breed.
Police officers had to shoot them at the scene for fear of being attacked themselves.
Investigators are searching the area for clues and for any sign of a knife.
The man hasn't yet been identified so his nationality isn't known.
A police spokesman confirmed the man's arm had been bitten off by the dogs and they were investigating the circumstances in relation to the stabbing.
He may have been attacked by a third party or inflicted the wounds himself when fighting off the dogs but in the absence of any knife at the scene, the first theory seems more likely.
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