MARCO ISLAND: Some persistent dolphins are being credited with saving a dog that had run away on Marco Island. The dog’s owner said he had been missing for 15 hours before the dolphins alerted neighbors.
Cindy Burnett says her 11-year-old Doberman named Turbo disappeared late Sunday night after his gate was left open.
And that’s when Burnett and her sons went looking for him.
“I searched and searched and called his name. I drove through this street at least five or six times,” she said.
Late Monday morning, Turbo was finally found.
“He was shivering and a lot of distress,” Burnett said.
She says Turbo could have been in the canal water for 15 hours. And she says it would have been longer if it weren’t for a persistent splashing coming from the water.
“The lady here who had gotten him out of the canal said, ‘No, the dolphins were with him,'” Burnett explained.
Dolphins got a neighbor’s attention – alerting them to a stranded pooch in shallow water.
“If he had to tread water all night long, I know he wouldn’t have been able to,” Burnett said.
The neighbor jumped in the water after calling 9-1-1 and got Turbo out. But she wasn’t home Wednesday when we tried reaching her.
While Turbo has been reunited with his family, Burnett says she doesn’t expect him to get too close to the water any time soon.