Dog proves he is man’s best friend by refusing to leave side of his master’s coffin before mass funeral for Italy earthquake victims

A picture of canine devotion, a Cocker Spaniel stands loyally by the coffin of his owner, one of the 290 people killed in Italy’s earthquake. The dog, called Flash, refused to leave the spot, repeatedly pawing at the casket that held the body of his master.

The dog was photographed in a gym beside its owner’s coffin, who is believed to be from the village of Accumoli, one of the worst hit areas affected by the earthquake.

Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the wooden coffins at a state funeral on Saturday for some of the 291 people killed in the tragedy this week.

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