A Russian woman who was photographed taking her grandson for a dog-like walk with a leather leash on his arm is being investigated by police.
Critics say the snap, taken in Novocherkassk and uploaded to social media site VKontakte, makes it looks like the youngster is being treated like a pooch.
The image was published to the “Overheard in Novocherkassk” page, it’s reported.
“The boy is like a dog on the grass. He needs to do his doggy stuff,” wrote commenter Evgeniy V.
Others claimed it might have been a game and that the boy was only pretending to be a canine.
Another commenter wrote on the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper site that the grandmother was simply keeping the boy safe so he wouldn’t run into the road.
“It is better to have him on a leash, rather than letting him run onto a busy road and getting knocked over a car,” the poster wrote.
In the photograph, the woman looked well dressed and seemed to be paying close attention to her grandson.
But police have now been alerted and asked for the post to be deleted.
Officers are also trying to identify the duo, which could lead to a potential criminal case for “improper performance of responsibilities for the upbringing of a minor.”
A similar story happened in the city of Yekaterinburg recently, where a five-year old girl was pictured running “on four legs” like an animal.
The woman, who’d been walking the youngster, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Reins for young children have become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years, but are normally attached to the body rather than an arm.
(Image courtesy of CEN)