A faithful dog in China has refused to eat or drink while waiting for its late owner to return, according to local media.
Heart-breaking footage shows the pet lying on the ground in a pile of newspaper and medical reports, looking sad and unwell.
An insider claimed that the dog had been expecting its owner to return since his passing recently, a video news site reported.
The canine's master, an octogenarian, had kept the loyal companion for some 15 years, the source claimed.
The poignant story was reported last month by China's Xuanwo Video, which is affiliated to regional newspaper Xi'an Business.
According to the outlet, the dog was spotted lying in a room in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province in southern China.
In a video filmed through a window, the elderly pooch appeared exhausted and helpless while lying in a spread of paper waste, including newspaper, magazines and results of medical checkups.
A neighbour told Xuanwo that the pet had refused to consume food or liquid since the passing of its owner.
'Since the elderly man died, the dog has not eaten or drunk and has been lying in rubbish,' the local claimed.
'[The elderly man] had kept it for 14 or 15 years. It is so moving. Such a small animal has so much sentiment and devotion.'
The anonymous source added that they had released the clip in the hope of calling the public to help the dog.
The news came after a six-month-old puppy was filmed trying to wake up its dead sibling by digging into the soil in north-western China.
Touching footage shows the faithful dog desperately attempting to remove the mud on top of its deceased sibling after seeing it being buried by their owner.
Its sibling had been killed by a car by accident, according to a previous report.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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