On Saturday a man kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico off Siesta Key, a community about 40 miles south of St. Petersburg, rescued a dog swimming about a half mile offshore, reports The News Tribute. The dog was fleeing after he and his owner had been struck by a car. His owner was killed.
The 53-year-old woman was jogging with her dog Barney, a Hungarian Vizsla, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
As the pair jogged down the sidewalk, a 22-year-old man drove away from the nearby beach while drunk, got into one crash, and then drove away. That is when he struck the woman and her dog, officers said.
She died at the scene, but the dog ran away.
A tourist from Bellingham, Washington, was kayaking and fishing when he spotted the dog swimming in the blue water about a half mile from shore.
“I pulled him into the kayak, and he was really scared,” the man said. “He was shaking a lot. Had a bunch of wounds on his leg and was bleeding.”
The dog had a microchip, so a veterinarian’s office was able to contact the woman’s family and learned about the accident.
It is still a mystery as to how or why the dog ended up a mile from where the crash happened and in the water.
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