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Golden Retriever Missing For 2 Weeks Finally Found Swimming In Bay By New Jersey State Police

Golden Retriever Missing For 2 Weeks Finally Found Swimming In Bay By New Jersey State Police

Two joggers happened to recognize Chuck from the posters around the town when they saw him jump into the water around 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Cover image source: Facebook | New Jersey State Police

When a pet goes missing for days, it is not unusual for their concerned parents to imagine the worst. But thankfully, one New Jersey family's dog was found in the best possible condition - swimming. It had been two weeks since a golden retriever named Chuck had been reported missing on June 6, in Brick, New Jersey. While still hopeful, his owners Jim and Marie Zangara were unsure if they would ever be reunited with their furry fellow. After days of no information, Chuck was found swimming in a water body on Tuesday where the New Jersey State Police were called to assist. 



 

 

Two joggers happened to recognize Chuck from the posters around the town when they saw him jump into the water around 7 a.m. They immediately called authorities and about the dog swimming in Barnegat Bay. Troopers Ryan Koehler and Vincent Ferninandi from Point Pleasant Station headed to the scene on a boat and ultimately found Chuck swimming near the Mantoloking Bridge on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, Jim Mathis was already nearby in a fishing boat when the joggers tried alerting him about the dog. "They started waving at me," recalled Jim. "I came close to him, and he kept trying to back away from the boat. Once I backed off, he started to swim toward land."

Ultimately, Jim managed to get a hold of Chuck's collar and immediately notified the owners. By then troopers had arrived at the location as well and they hoisted the animals to the safety of the shore. "We positioned our boat, got (the) line ready, acted as a leash. Line around dog and guide him up to the docks," said Koehler. While reuniting him with his family, the New Jersey State Police heartwarming pictures of the reunion, according to FOX29



 

"I'm just over the moon. I'm just so happy to have him back," shared owner Marie. "He had some mats in his fur. He's covered in ticks." She also admitted imagining the worst possible outcome for her pet. "Your mind starts to think, did he get hit by a car, in the woods dying?" said Marie. "I think he's exhausted from his ordeal. He lost 20 pounds," noted owner Jim Zangara. They also revealed that Chuck had wandered off on June 6 while the family was playing on the beach at F-Cove in Brick Township, where their boat had been docked. "He ran into the woods with his toy," recalled Jim according to ABC7. "I said, 'Come on, buddy'...He turned around and booked. I think he might've been startled by somebody."



 

 

The pair had since been desperately looking for their beloved Chuck. They even worked with an animal rescue service to set up traps in the hopes of finding their golden retriever. However, none of them worked. That being said, they did not for once give up hope. Although they kept fearing the unknown for days, now they can finally rest and play with Chuck, "I don't have the words to say thanks for all the support," said Marie. Recently, a family was left pleasantly surprised after their beloved cat, who they presumed dead, returned home after days. Rachel Fitzsimons and her family was worried sick when their 16-year-old tabby named Frankie disappeared from their home in Warrington, Cheshire on 19 May. 



 

Next, they found a similar-looking dead cat on the M6 motorway. Assuming that it was little Frankie, the family cremated the animals and even brought some of the ashes back home in a box, reports Mirror. Then one day, Frankie decided to show up like nothing had happened. It was her husband, John, who heard a noise at the back door one day. When he went to check, he was shocked to find Frankie casually strolling in. While the family was partly happy for their pet's return, they were also worried about having cremated someone else's pet cat. 

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