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Cats usually get credit for having nine lives, but a golden retriever mix that survived three days in the James River may change that notion.

The pooch, who was believed to have drowned on Friday, was found alive Sunday and now the Newport News Animal Services Division is looking for his owner.

Police received a 911 call Friday night about a dog that had fallen in the water. Officials said the owners of the dog were fishing when the dog jumped off the pier and was pulled under water. Another caller said to cancel the emergency because the dog could not be found and probably had drowned.

Officers received yet another call around 3 a.m. Sunday that someone spotted a dog stuck in a culvert along the shore.

"They were trying to get to the dog," said Newport News Animal Services Superintendent Bill Wise. "But they just couldn't."

When the tide finally came in, the severely weakened dog was washed out of the culvert.

The dog had suffered a dislocated hip, but on Monday, the hip popped back into place. The dog is now doing well, is eating and waits at a shelter for its owner.

"It's pretty amazing that the dog is still alive and survived for three days," Wise said. "He had to tread water or find a place to stand. I guess survival instinct was kicking in."
 

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Oh gosh! The owner probably isn't looking for him because they think he's gone to Rainbow Bridge. Oh NO! They need to broadcast this story all over that place - maybe they can trace back that 911 call.
 

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We had a simlilar story here week before last. Family was on a river outing grand dad and little girl and dog. Grandad suffered a heart attack they think, the dog jumped in the bot went to shore and the little girl got out.

They searched everywhere that day and evening thinking all three had drowned, the little girl found rescuers the next day and three days later the dog was found.

All the little girl said was grandpa fell off the boat so they are thinking heart attack not sure if they ever figured out why.

Nice to know there are some miracles left though.

Hooch
 
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