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Pregnant dog in Chile nursed malnourished 2-year-old boy, and may have kept him alive

A malnourished child in Chile was taken from his parents last week after being found breastfeeding on a neighbor’s dog.

National police say they confirmed a neighbor’s report that the 2-year-old boy was being fed by their pregnant dog, named Reina (Spanish for “queen”). Police said that the dog’s generosity was possibly the only thing keeping the boy alive.


Police Captain Diego Gajardo said the toddler displayed clear signs of “abandonment.”

Officers transported the naked infant to Hospital Regional Dr. Juan Noé, some 1,240 miles north of the country’s capital, Santiago.

While the infant was in hospital, his mother showed up “dead drunk,” according to Gajardo. He said she has not been arrested because the child was not physically harmed.

The child was released from the hospital and is now under the care of child welfare authorities.

The national police say Reina’s owner spotted the dog feeding the boy at a mechanic’s workshop in the desert port of Arica.

A family court hearing on Sept. 22 will determine who cares for the child.

(Photo by Felipe Muena / Agencia Uno)

Dog who lost her pups at birth nurses litter left orphaned after Oklahoma tornados


An Indiana dog who lost all eight of her pups at birth is now nursing six newborn pups left orphaned after the tornadoes in Oklahoma.

The Indiana dog, a 2-year-old Rottweiler mix living at a shelter in South Bend, was close to giving birth, but also close to being put down, when she was rescued by Second Chance 4 Pets Network and taken in as a foster by one of the group’s volunteers.

After a prolonged period of labor the dog, named Bertha, was taken to the vet.

“…They did an emergency C-section on her but all of her puppies, eight of them, were dead,” said JoAnn Palko, president and founder of Second Chance 4 Pets.

The group put word out to other rescues in the region, saying they had a lactating dog who could help if any group had puppies who needed to nurse — and that’s when they heard from another rescue, that had just acquired six newborn pups from an Oklahoma City shelter, according to

In the wake of the tornadoes there, a homeless and pregnant pit bull-shepherd mix ended up in a shelter. Staff deemed her aggressive. (Uunder those circumstances, who wouldn’t be?) After giving birth, she was put down.

Her six orphaned pups, rescued by Lakeshore PAWS, were brought to Merrillville to meet Bertha.

“She was unsure at first, but the foster got into the pool with her and she started cleaning them right away,” Pelko said.

“Here they had this sad mom and we had these puppies who needed help,” said Jeanne Sommer, director of Lakeshore PAWS said. “It worked out great for all of us.”

The puppies, who are just over a week old, are thriving, Palko said.

Second Chance is now considering training Bertha to be a therapy dog.