Man helps dog out of sewer hole

Photo: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Unusual accommodations

Miguel Restrepo, 62, helps his dog Blackie get out of the abandoned sewer where they live in Medellin, Colombia.

Restrepo is a homeless former drug addict who has lived underground with his wife, Maria Garcia, for more than 20 years. Many homeless people in Colombia seek shelter underground because of the drug trafficking and gang violence that plagues Medellin.

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Man hangs out with his wife and his dog under a sewer manhole

Photo: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Home sweet home

Restrepo rests with Blackie and his wife Maria on their bed on Dec. 4 inside the sewer they call home. The living area is equipped with a stove, a television and a fan, which are powered by electricity that Restrepo rigged up.

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Dog carries a baskey outside the manhole where a woman peeks out

Photo: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Faithful companion

Blackie carries a small wicker basket in his mouth on Dec. 4 as Maria peeks out from beneath the sewer manhole leading to their home.

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Colombian couple and their dog live in the sewer ... happily [Photos]
The family sought shelter underground due to the drug trafficking and gang violence that plagues the city of Medellin.