Six dogs waited outside hospital for 24 hours after their owner suffered a stroke and was hospitalised.
The dogs were filmed arriving at the building panting after chasing the ambulance carrying their owner, a homeless man named Luiz for several miles.
They refused to leave the entrance to Accident and Emergency at Santa Casa Hospital in Cianorte, south Brazil, after Luiz was suddenly taken ill.
Witnesses described hearing the dogs howling for hours. Luckily Luiz 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.
Luiz has been diagnosed with psychiatric problems but for years he has declined to accept help from homeless charities and his family, Simone said. He prefers to live on the streets with his strays.
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