Chilean police say they have rescued a malnourished two-year-old boy found being breastfed by a neighbour’s dog.
A witness spotted the dog feeding the boy on Thursday at a mechanic’s workshop in the desert port of Arica, 2000 kilometres north of the capital Santiago, police said.
Captain Diego Gajardo said the child was released from a hospital on Friday and is under the care of child welfare authorities.
Gajardo said the mother showed up at the hospital drunk, but she has not been arrested because there was not physical harm to the child.
A family court hearing on September 22 will determine who cares for the child.