“I feel lucky that I was there fishing, because there was no place for him to go and I don’t know if he could have made it much further.”- Rory O’Connor
O’Connor was stunned at the sight of the brown pup who seemed to have come to ask for his help. He pulled the shivering dog out of the water and noticed that it was badly hurt. The dog, who was later identified as Barney, a Vizsla, had bleeding wounds and it seemed terrified. It crouched precariously in the tiny space behind his rescuer.
The kind man kayaked back towards the shore, stopping every once in a while to ask others if they owned the dog. When they reached the shore, Barney didn’t even want to move. Whether due to exhaustion or trauma, Barney’s legs shook as O’Connor tried to summon him out of the kayak.
O’Connor’s sister was just a few hundred yards away so he called her and they took Barney to a vet, where he was identified through his ID chip.
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Apparently, Barney was out jogging with his 53-year-old master, Donna Chen, when they were hit by a drunk driver at a sidewalk in Siesta Key. Petrified by the incident, Barney ran away and jumped into the water where he swam about a mile offshore. Donna Chen did not survive the accident.
Barney was reunited with Chen’s bereaved husband and three children and was able to recover from his injuries. The drunk driver, 22-year-old Blake Talman was arrested by the state police and is now serving time in prison.
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