A toddler has been taken into care after he was seen breastfeeding from a dog.
The naked and malnourished young lad was found by his neighbour, suckling on her family dog, Reina.
He was taken to hospital and treated for malnutrition, skin infections and head lice, where his mother turned up drunk.
She wasn’t arrested because police said he’d suffered no physical harm.
The neighbour, Lory Escudero, found the boy in a mechanics workshop in the Chilean city of Arica, and called police.
We have our dog who is there and she’s pregnant.
The hungry boy suckled on the dog’s teats for milk.
Everyone that is here, we’re all parents and if you saw what we saw from my position as a woman – as a mother – it was terrible.
A hearing will take place later this month at a family court to see who will look after the child.