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Dog who honored his deceased owner dies near Brindisi

Fans on Facebook show outpouring of love for Tommy

13 February, 17:35
Dog who honored his deceased owner dies near Brindisi (ANSA) - Brindisi, February 13 - Messages on the social network Facebook are pouring out condolences for a dog in the southern town of San Donaci near Brindisi that moved people around the world for his dedication to his dead owner.

Tommy, a 12-year-old German Shepherd-mix that attended the same church services that once drew his mistress, died on Wednesday.

Priests at the local parish welcomed the dog who was a regular at every baptism, wedding or funeral, rain or shine, at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

A message from Peru read, "I cried at the news. Tommy was a friend of mankind, gave us a reason to believe in life and the beautiful things that it gives us".

The daughter of Tommy's deceased owner Maria Lochi, thanked friends of the dog on Facebook.

"I am sure that Maria would be delighted to see so many people around us! In her life she fought with her heart and soul to ensure that all abandoned dogs like Tommy had happy moments.

Now I ask you, please, to continue her fight," she wrote.