Dog Refuses To Leave Homeless Man’s Side After He Died On A Bench Outside A Hospital

Images that are currently viral on social media right now shows the moment a loyal dog sitting by its dead owner’s side after the man had passed away.

According to reports, the incident happened outside the Rio Piedras Medical Centre in San Juan, which is the capital of Puerto Rico, on February 1, 2022. 

The owner of the loyal dog was a 60-year-old homeless man.

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Medical experts from the hospital removed the man and throughout the procedure, the dog stayed by his side. 

Experts from the Institute of Forensic Sciences said that the pooch was spotted at around 7am by staff from the external clinics team. 

Initially, people thought that the man was resting at the bench, considering that the dog was just sitting near the man and was snouting on his leg.

During an interview with a local news TV, a passer-by, who did not want to be named, said: 

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“I started looking at the whole scene and the poor puppy was going back and forth, and I went to give the puppy some love. The truth is that the face he had of suffering and sorrow was an incredible thing. This planet is made in such a way that we are interdependent, the animals and us, and the creator made an animal for the human being and that animal is called a dog.”

Dog Refuses To Leave Homeless Man’s Side After He Died On A Bench Outside A Hospital


The best thing about this story is that the medical staff at the hospital decided to take care of the animal.

Dr. Jose Antonio Herrera Dalmau, a doctor at the hospital, decided to adopt the animal and everyone working with him have befriended the pooch. 

During an interview with El Nuevo Dia, a local newspaper, he said: 

“I have already made an appointment to see a vet because the dog has a leg injury. It is not broken, but it has an injury.”

The doctor said that he will be naming the dog Leo. 

Dr. Dalmau also told the newspaper that Leo, the adopted dog, looks like Reina, a dog that he used to have. 

The saddest part about this story is that the dog was refusing to go home with him and waited by the bench for his deceased owner after he was taken away.

Dr. Dalmau said that he ended up having to carry the animal home in his arms. 

What are your thoughts on Dr. Dalmau adopting the dog and the animal not leaving the side of his former owner after he passed away? Let us know what your thoughts are by leaving a comment in the comments section below!

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