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Users of Google Maps have been left amazed after spotting a dog apparently still living in the same area of Bulgaria seven years later.

A series of photos reveal the dog, which is believed to be a stray, roaming the streets of Ruse in 2012 and again in 2019.

The original photo shows the sandy-coloured dog appearing behind a car in what appears to be a parking area.

In the latest image captured by the Google Maps camera car, the dog can be seen lying on a cobbled surface on Matei Stoykov Street.

The images and location were posted on Reddit by user Edish03 on the Google Maps subreddit.

News of the Google Maps camera managed to capture what appears to be the same lone dog twice has astounding users on the social news discussion website.

One user commented under the post: "Omg that's crazy."

However, some users found it hard to believe it's the same dog and lead to speculation it could even be one of its offspring.

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A user wrote: "It might just be that dog's puppy grown up."

One of the users said it was "unlikely" it was the same dog and "most likely one of its kids".

While others entered the discussion by disagreeing it was a child of the 2012 stray and firmly believing the two dogs are the same.

According to the Neuter Network, Bulgaria had 10,000 strays in the capital of Sofia in 2012, the year the dog was first recorded.

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In 2016, the government in Bulgaria said it caught over 22,186 stray dogs, according to the Sofia Globe.

Dogs on Google Maps have become a popular pastime for users with dozens of cute canines delighting people.

Although one of the most popular dog-related Google Maps gem came in the from a dog walker being cut out of the image.

In a neighbourhood in Germany, the editing of the image takes out the body of the walker, leaving the impression of the dog being walked by a ghost.

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