I came across a reference to a chupacabra. Apparently it’s a quasimythical “goat-sucker” with kangaroo-like legs. A woman in South Carolina has taken many photographs. There was one picture that looked like a cat with its eyes reflecting back at the camera. Most of them looked like small, short-haired dogs. In fact, they reminded me of short-haired breeds that I was looking at yesterday. Go to the links to see the pictures.
There’s a photograph of one at the Lost World museum: a dead animal that looked kind of odd, but mostly because someone has folded in its forelimbs and stretched out its hind legs. I found another picture of the same animal in a more normal posture, and it looked like a short-haired dog with big ears.
Most of the chupacabra photos look very much like the American hairless terriers or similar breeds, such as the Xoloitzcuintli or the Peruvian Inca Orchid dog, which can be naked or have short fuzz or longer hair. The drawings of chupacabras look like nothing on earth.
Someone else makes the point that it’s probably a dead coyote.
One of the articles from 2004 said that they were going to send samples for DNA testing. I suspect that if the DNA had revealed an unkown species, we’d have heard about it.
UPDATE: It is a dead coyote.