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Malnourished Chilean 2-Year-Old Found Being Breastfed By Dog

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A malnourished Arica, Chile, 2-year-old boy was found being breastfed by a neighbor’s dog.

The dog, called Reina, was seen by a witness feeding the boy on Thursday at a mechanic’s workshop in the northernmost city in the country, The Independent reports.

Police took the child into custody and he was treated at a hospital. In addition to being malnourished, the child had a skin infection and was infested with lice.

He has since been released from the hospital and is in the care of child welfare authorities.

The child’s mother showed up at the hospital drunk, Capt. Diego Gajardo said, but she has not been arrested as the child was not physically harmed, Yahoo News reports.

A determination of who will care for the child will be made during a family court hearing later this month.

Sources: The Independent, Yahoo News / Photo Source: The Independent