- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2007

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — 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 dog, thought to have drowned Friday, was found alive Sunday and was waiting for his owner to retrieve him.

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

Officers received yet another call about 3 a.m. Sunday about a dog stuck in a culvert along the shore.

“They were trying to get to the dog,” said Bill Wise, the Newport News animal services superintendent. “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 yesterday was doing well, was eating and waiting at a shelter for its owner.

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

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