BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) — A golden retriever who had been missing for two weeks was rescued Tuesday from a bay in New Jersey.
Authorities say that New Jersey State Police troopers Ryan Koehler and Vincent Ferdinandi, of Point Pleasant Station, responded to the report of a dog swimming in Barnegat Bay and were able to bring the 3-year-old named Chunk safely ashore.
Two joggers saw Chunk, but when they approached, he ran from them jumped into the water near Mantoloking Bridge around 7 a.m., his owner said.
Jim Mathis was fishing nearby and said Chunk kept backing away from his boat when he tried to get close but swam to shore when he backed away.
“We positioned our boat, got (the) line ready, acted as a leash,” Koehler said. “Line around dog and guide him up to the docks.”
Chunk’s owner, Marie Zangara, said that he had some matted fur and was covered in ticks, but was otherwise healthy.
Now that Chunk is back home with his family, the Zangaras say they’ll all be able to enjoy the outdoors together again after he’s well rested.
They’ll also keep a closer eye on him so he doesn’t wander off again.
“To see him today, we were just overjoyed,” the family said.
For his part, Chunk was resting comfortably on his couch Tuesday night.