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Stray Dog Given Burial Honors After 18 Years on Guard Duty

Image: A woman pours vermillion powder on the body of Sonu, a female stray dog, as part of a ritual before her burial in Ahmedabad
A woman pours vermilion powder on the body of Sonu, a stray dog that locals said had been guarding their neighborhood around the clock for the last 18 years, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on December 2, 2014. AMIT DAVE / Reuters

Dozens of residents of the Indian city of Ahmedabad held a funeral Tuesday for a stray dog that had been guarding their neighborhood around the clock for the last 18 years, Reuters reports. A vet said that the female dog, named Sonu, had died of old age.

Image: A boy holds a photograph of Sonu, a female stray dog, as others prepare to bury the dog in Ahmedabad
A boy holds a photograph of a stray dog named Sonu as others prepare to bury the dog in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on Tuesday. AMIT DAVE / Reuters