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This is the viral moment a dog goes completely still in the arms of its human-statue owner in a street performance that has racked up over 2.6 million views.
The incredible scenes were recorded in the city of Fortaleza in the northern Brazilian state of Ceara and have gone viral.
In the video, Venezuelan performer Yorge Luis Ruiz can be seen acting as a human statue with his female dog.
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The dog, known as ‘The Little Dog Artist’, is in Ruiz’s arms and can be seen completely still as they act like statues.
Ruiz then moves his face away from the pooch and sits up, before they repeat their amazing act.
The Venezuelan artist told reporters his dog starting acting with him because “I couldn’t leave her alone at home” adding: “I started to take her with me she was very small and she got used to it.”
Ruiz has been working as a street artist for six years and moved to Brazil four years ago. He says he has received criticism from onlookers who say they are defending animal rights, and says: “Everything we do is with love, I know there are lots of bad people with bad energy who say bad things, but I ask for them to look at my Instagram page and see how well my dog is treated.”
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Among those criticising Ruiz is former Big Brother Brasil 19 contestant Hana Khalil, who wrote on social media: “Whenever you see an animal doing something surreal in a performance, you know that there is a 100-percent chance they have suffered mistreatment and psychological abuse, been hungry or been drugged.
“Animals aren’t actors or objects for entertainment.”
Other netizens were wowed with the performance, with ‘marina’ writing: “I’m in love with this video, I’ve watched it 10 times.”
And ‘Napaula Masson’ added: “Marvellous”
While ‘jonpenha’ wrote: “So cute.”