Tuesday 26 September 2017

Malnourished Chilean boy, two, found being breastfed by a dog

The incident happened in Chile's desert port Arica
The incident happened in Chile's desert port Arica

Chilean police have rescued a malnourished two-year-old boy found being breastfed by a neighbour's dog.

The national police said a witness spotted the dog feeding the boy on Thursday at a mechanic's workshop in the desert port of Arica, some 1,240 miles north of the capital, Santiago. Police say they confirmed that.

Captain Diego Gajardo told The Associated Press that the child was released from hospital on Friday and is under the care of child welfare authorities.

He said the mother showed up at the hospital drunk, but she has not been arrested because there was no physical harm to the child.

A family court hearing on September 22 will decide who cares for the child.

Local news media identified the dog's name as "Reina".

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