A six-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister who’d been kept in a in a filthy dog kennel for most of their lives were rescued by social workers after concerned neighbors alerted media about their living conditions.
The siblings shared the dog kennel, located in Liuhe, Nanjing, with around 50 dogs during the day and slept in a van at night, according to Tencent News. They shared a life in the dumps with dogs, eating dog food and occasionally leftover scraps from a local market. When thirsty, they drink from puddles on the ground or from a nearby river.
According to neighbors, the children are from Anhui province. Their mother had left them, prompting their father to leave them in the care of the grandfather, Yu Congqiu, who runs an unauthorized dog kennel in Nanjing.
With little income and no real home, Yu said he had to lock the children with the dogs out of safety concerns.
Upon hearing the story, a local organization of volunteers decided to do whatever they could to help the family. They found a foster family in Nanjing for the siblings and also reached out to local pet lovers who purchased Yu’s dogs, bringing in 50,000 yuan.
The volunteer group also helped the father and grandfather fill out forms they need to return to Anhui, where they can receive government aid.
By Maggie Wong
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