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Malnourished child suckled by dog is rescued in Chile


Chilean police say they have rescued a malnourished 2-year-old boy found being breast-fed by a neighbor’s dog.

The national police says a witness spotted the dog feeding the boy Thursday at a mechanic’s workshop in the desert port of Arica, some 1,240 miles (2,000 km) north of the capital, Santiago. Police say they confirmed that.

Capt. Diego Gajardo said that the child was released from a hospital Friday and is now under the care of child welfare authorities.

Gajardo says 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 Sept. 22 will determine who will care for the child.

Local news media identified the dog’s name as Reina.