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Dog takes in five kittens as her own

Posted at 9:03 PM, May 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-03 21:08:26-04

It looks like this curious case is proof that cats and dogs can do more than just fight; they can take care of one another.

Sydney is a beagle terrier mix and a new mother of five--five kittens that is.

"She just took them in like they were her own,” said Heather Rector.

Last week Heather Rector brought the kittens home after they were rescued from a construction site. She said it didn't take long...for Sydney’s maternal instincts to kick in.

"Two days of them being here, she was fully lactating, and ever since her breasts have been completely full, and she hasn't stopped lactating yet."

Now Sydney is feeding and bathing the kittens, and she won't let them wander far without bringing them back to her bed.

What's ironic is that a vet said this type of relationship was impossible.

"When it comes to life there is nothing written in stone. At the end of the day, nature's going to do, whatever nature does."

Santiago said Sydney already had 3 litters of her own already, and she seems happier now that she has little ones to look after again.

"She has always been a nice dog, so to see her doing that, it's a shocker at first, but that's just typical Sydney,” said Santiago.

As a new mother herself, Rector said she's proud of Sydney’s compassion.

"You don't see a lot of people or animals do that anymore, and I think she did the exact thing I would have done."