A German Shepard waited for weeks for his owner to come home after he was killed while working at a convenience store.
Hatem Abuharbid, 54, was shot to death at the Kay-B convenience store where he worked in Houston, Texas during a robbery on February 7. Abuharbid was shot in the thigh and the bullet cut through an artery in his leg. He died in the hospital shortly after.
Neighbors said the dog was handing around at the apartment’s door and at the front gate of the complex, following cars as they went inside in hopes his owner was returning.
“You could just tell that he was a lost dog,” neighbor Cassandra Eubanks, who lives nearby, told ABC owned station KTRK in Houston. “He would follow the cars and when he would realize that it was not his owner’s car, he would just stand there and look helpless,” neighbor Cassandra Eubanks told the station.
But, there was no way for Abuharbid’s German Shepherd to know any of this had happened.
“Of course he’s confused because he doesn’t know what’s going on, Eubanks said. “He hadn’t seen his owner in two weeks.”
Residents at the apartment complex left food and water for Abuharbid’s dog, but he wouldn’t go near anyone, KTRK reported. It took a Good Samaritan and her own dog to coax the orphaned pup away from the apartment on Monday.
‘It just broke my heart to hear that the poor animal lost his owner, his best friend,’ Maranda Perez told KTRK.
‘He was still very shaken up whenever I touched him,’ she said.
Perez said she will foster the dog until Abuharbid’s brother adopts him, according to Fox.