Golden retriever grieves, refuses to leave side of dead puppy

Published: Jan. 7, 2015 at 11:09 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2015 at 11:09 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A picture really says a thousand words: a golden retriever is grieving over the loss of her puppy in Laurel Grove Cemetery North.

With freezing cold temperatures on the horizon, the goal was to rescue the dog on Wednesday, but after many failed attempts, it became clear she just refuses to part with her baby.

Deep in the heart of one of Savannah's most historic cemeteries, we find a mother mourning the loss of her offspring.

“At first I was like ‘Jeez, that's pretty hard and that's pretty heavy,'” said photographer Hunter Cone.

The golden retriever has lain in Laurel Grove North for at least two days, refusing to leave her baby's side, as most mothers would. Cone discovered her on a photography outing to the cemetery.

“It made me feel really depressed and upset,” Cone said. “That's something I didn't want to see, but I'm kind of glad I did.”

Cone and his mom brought her food and water. While she is weak and timid, the strength of her motherly instincts is still intact.

“I mean, the dog braced through the cold, starvation and thirst to stay with its dead puppy,” Cone said.

With temperatures expected to drop well below freezing on Wednesday night, Cone knew she needed shelter. Attempts to lure her with food and water failed. The only thing that seemed to calm her down for a bit was another puppy similar to hers. But even that attempt failed.

“I don't want there to be another dead dog in the cemetery,” said Cone. “As ironic as it sounds. It's still very sad.”

After six hours, there was still no luck retrieving the dog, and it became clear this mother is still not ready to leave her baby's side.

“If this doesn't prove that dogs have feelings just like humans do, I don't think anything else will,” Cone said.

Rescuers now say the golden retriever has buried the puppy in the cemetery and ran away. 

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