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German Shepherd Ciccio attends Italian church of Santa Maria Assunta Mass daily as he mourns late owner

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 1:46 p.m. MST

Ciccio is a 12-year old German Shepherd. The faithful see him every morning in the churchyard of Santa Maria Assunta in San Donaci, in the province of Brindisi. The same place where two months ago there were the funeral of Maria Lochi, 57, originally from Abruzzo.

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Our take: A 12-year-old German Shepard attends mass daily in Puglia, Italy, where the funeral of his owner was held two months ago. The residents of the small town decided to "adopt" him, and the dog provides faith to those who attend the chapel.

A dog whose owner died two months ago visits the church where her funeral was held every day in the hope she will return.

Ciccio, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, attends Mass at the church of Santa Maria Assunta in San Donaci, Puglia, every day.

According to Sud Italia News, the grieving hound mourns daily for Maria Lochi, his former owner who was known in the area for her love of animals.

The paper says: "As a sign of gratitude, Ciccio goes to church every morning, sitting beneath the altar, near the priest.

"His hope to see his beloved Maria, the person he accompanied everywhere, even in church, moves the faithful."

It adds the parish priest "does not dare" to chase him away.

Read more about German Shepherd Ciccio Attends Italian Church Of Santa Maria Ass on Huffington Post UK.

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