A homeless 65-year-old woman has been found living in a garbage bag with her six dogs on the street – after refusing to go to a shelter and leave her beloved pets behind.
Luz Maria Olmedo Beltran, known as "Chole" has been living on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico for eight years – with footage showing the woman sheltering inside a garbage bag with her six dogs.
The powerful photos of the woman and her harsh living conditions were captured by photographer Omar Camarillo and a harrowing video shows her sobbing as she refused help.
In the clip, police officers approach Chole, trying to persuade her to go to a shelter.
But she burst into tears and insists she doesn't want to abandon her canine companions, who peep out from inside the shelter of the bin bag.
"I don’t want to go, I don’t need help, I’m fine here," she reportedly said to the police.
Chole was terrified to leave her dogs, one of which was allegedly about to give birth.
"I was shocked by the conditions in which the woman lives," Omar Camarillo said.
"I was able to realise that ‘La Chole’ has a great heart because she helps animals despite having many shortcomings."
Police eventually managed to convince the homeless woman to find a place to stay for the night– but she went back to the streets the following day, according to reports.
However, a kind soul decided to step in and assist Chole and her six canines.
Alejandra Cordova Castro provided her with water, food, blankets and socks, and shared the story on Facebook to encourage others to help those in need.
"She said thank you so many times that she made me cry,"Alejandra said.
Thankfully, Chole now stays at a shelter for 50 pesos a day – and she has been able to bring her furry family with her.
She hopes the government can one day provide her with a permanent place to rescue more dogs.
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