A little boy in Kentucky who spent a year on the ground at a small animal sanctuary in the state has come home.
On Friday, the 5-year-old boy named Kristian Landers, of the city of Larkspur, returned to his family home, the Larkspurs Landers Animal Sanctuary, in Hammond, Kentucky.
The sanctuary had been a source of concern for the family, as Kristian had been placed there for at least six years.
Kristian Lander’s mother, Linda Landers-Mills, said her son, who was born in September 2017, has been adopted out.
She said she has always been hopeful his arrival would change things.
Landers was taken from the Larkspurs Animal Sanctuary in June 2018, but when he was three months old, the sanctuary closed its doors for good.
It was a tragedy to leave him there, said Linda Lander.
Kristi Landers said the sanctuary’s founder, Diane Landers had told him that the organization would continue to take care of the animals but was not making any promises.
When he was two years old, Landers was rescued by the National Park Service and the city rescued him from the nearby Kempton National Wildlife Refuge in August 2018.
Linda Landers and Kristian were reunited with Kristian and his mother, in January 2019.
The Landers family plans to adopt Kristian out to a loving family, and hopes to reunite with him at the sanctuary once he is older.