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Dog waits weeks outside house for murdered owner to come home

Neighbors found the German shepherd waiting at the apartment complex where he lived with his owner

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A loyal German shepherd in Houston, United States, waited patiently for weeks for his owner to come home after he was killed while working at a convenience store, an ABC news report has revealed.

According to the report, neighbors saw the dog waiting at the front gate to the apartment complex where he lived with his owner, 54-year-old Hatem Abuharbid, who was killed during a robbery on Feb. 7.

“You could just tell that he was a lost dog,” neighbor Cassandra Eubanks, who lives nearby, told ABC owned station KTRK in Houston. The police said that the dog owner, Abuharbid, was shot when two men robbed the Kay-B convenience store where he worked in Houston. Abuharbid later died at the hospital.

Winning trust

Residents at the apartment complex left food and water for Abuharbid’s dog, but to no avail, the report said adding that it took a Good Samaritan and her own dog to coax the orphaned pup away from the apartment. “It just broke my heart to hear that the poor animal lost his owner, his best friend,” Maranda Perez told KTRK.

According to the report, it took an hour for Perez to gain the dog’s trust. He ran up three flights of stairs before Perez was able to get near enough to put a leash on him. “He was still very shaken up whenever I touched him,” she said. Perez will foster the dog for a week, she said, adding that Abuharbid’s brother would like to adopt the pup after that. The investigation into Abuharbid’s death is ongoing, police told ABC News.