Dogs wait patiently outside hospital entrance after owner suffers stroke

Six loyal dogs waiting outside hospital for 24 hours after their owner suffered a stroke and was taken inside. The dogs were filmed arriving at the building panting after chasing the ambulance carrying their owner – a homeless man known only as Luiz – for several miles. They refused to leave the entrance to Accident and Emergency at Santa Casa Hospital in Cianorte, south Brazil, last Wednesday, after Luiz was suddenly taken ill.

Witnesses described hearing the dogs howling for hours. Luckily Luiz, who has been sleeping rough for more than 20 years, was discharged the following day and picked up by his brother.

But he left through a different exit at the hospital and the dogs stayed put for a few more hours before Luiz was tipped off and came to collect them. Simone Zilane, a volunteer with animal welfare group, the Amigos de Patas, filmed the dogs guarding the hospital door. She told Brazilian media G1: ‘The dogs were desperate. They followed the ambulance, racing after it down the roads and arrived just as Luiz was being taken into the hospital.

‘They went mad as they took him in and howled non-stop at the entrance. ‘After a while they lay down on the ground and refused to leave. When we realised Luiz had been discharged and his pets were none the wiser, one of our volunteers went to fetch him from his brother’s house and take him to where the dogs were still waiting for him. ‘He hadn’t realise they were outside all this time, but he wasn’t too surprised,’ She said the dogs were ‘ecstatic’ when their owner turned up.

Luiz has been diagnosed with psychiatric problems but for years he has declined to accept help from homeless charities and his family, Simone said. Apparently he prefers to live on the streets with his strays. Simone said: ‘We rented a very simple house for him a while ago with a big yard for the dogs but he didn’t accept it and refused to enter the house. He said his home is the street. ‘At that time, the dogs were also taken to a kennel, which a volunteer from the NGO created, but they escaped by jumping over the wall and going after Luiz. Whereever he is you can guarantee the dogs are never very far away.’ Luiz was given a meal and a shower while in hospital, she added. All the animals have been neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and chipped.


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