Dog rescues abandoned infant
A resident of a rural area outside La Plata called police late Wednesday night to say that he had heard the baby crying in a field behind his house. He told police he went outside and found the infant lying beside the dog and its six newborn puppies, according to a CNN report.
The dog had apparently carried the baby some 50 meters from where his mother had abandoned him to where the puppies were huddled, police said.
“She took it like a puppy and preserved it,” said Daniel Salcedo, chief of police of the Province of Buenos Aires. “The doctors told us if she hadn’t done this, he would have died.”
Dr. Egidio Melia, director of the Melchor Romero Hospital in La Plata, told CNN that police showed up at the hospital at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday with the baby who doctors say was only a few hours old. He had superficial scratches and bruises and was bleeding from his mouth, but was in good condition, Melia said.
The next morning, the child’s mother was driven by a neighbor to the hospital and told authorities the 8 pound, 13 ounce infant is hers, Melia said. The teenager was given psychological treatment and hospitalized.