Updated at 6:23 p.m.

After his leash got caught on a rock in the water, a tan and white Pit Bull mix kept his head above water for an unknown amount of time until help arrived in the form of a Jon boat, an officer and a concerned citizen.

No one has yet claimed the dog rescued from water by Onslow County Animal Services on Saturday, and he will be up for adoption Thursday.

Being in the water, keeping his head up, was a full-body workout for the dog, said Animal Services Officer Tyler Halfhill, the dog’s rescuer.

When Halfhill responded to the call, he only saw a couple of options available for saving the dog, said Director of Animal Services Howard Martin. He either needed to find a boat or he was going to have to strip and swim to him.

“He was just going to wade out there and get the dog,” Martin said.

Luckily, Halfhill said a neighbor had a Jon boat and agreed when Halfhill asked to use it. Photos online show Halfhill with the dog in front of him, wrapped in a yellow blanket, as the boat came up to the dock.

“If a dog could talk, he would probably say ‘Thanks,’” Halfhill said.

The dog seemed cold and was obviously tired from holding himself above water, Halfhill said, but he also seemed grateful for the help.

While the dog has a scratch on his back, that was the extent of the injuries sustained from the water, Martin said.

There is no way of knowing exactly how long the dog was in the water for or how he got into the water in the first place, Halfhill said. That was what gave the sense of urgency to the situation – the dog could become too tired and collapse from exhaustion, and Halfhill wanted him out of the water before that happened.

Halfhill said the dog is very friendly, “a really good dog.”

The dog was wearing a leash and collar when he was in the water, but there were no tags and the dog didn’t have a chip, Martin said. Animals Services hoped with photos of the dog out, someone would come in to claim him.

Normally a dog would stay at Animal Services for five days and if no owner shows, the dog goes up for adoption.

As of Wednesday evening, no person had come forward to prove ownership of him so Animal Services will have him available for adoption Thursday.

He had a scratch on his back that will be treated Thursday morning and by opening at noon, he will be available for a forever home for $140, Martin said.

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Updated at 12:45 p.m.

After his leash got caught on a rock in the water, a tan and white Pit Bull mix kept his head above water for an unknown amount of time until help arrived in the form of a Jon boat, an officer and a concerned citizen.

No one has yet claimed the dog rescued from water by Onslow County Animal Services over the weekend, and he may be up for adoption soon.

Being in the water, keeping his head up, it was a full-body workout for the dog, said Animal Services Officer Tyler Halfhill, the dog’s rescuer.

When Halfhill responded to the call, he only saw a couple of options available for saving the dog, said Director of Animal Services Howard Martin. He either needed to find a boat or he was going to have to strip and swim to him.

“He was just going to wade out there and get the dog,” Martin said.

Luckily, Halfhill said a neighbor had a Jon boat and agreed when Halfhill asked to use it. Photos online show Halfhill with the dog in front of him, wrapped in a yellow blanket, as the boat came up to the dock.

“If a dog could talk, he would probably say ‘Thanks,’” Halfhill said.

The dog seemed cold and was obviously tired from holding himself above water, Halfhill said, but he also seemed grateful for the help.

While the dog has a scratch on his back, that was the extent of the injuries sustained from the water, Martin said.

There is no way of knowing exactly how long the dog was in the water for or how he got into the water in the first place, Halfhill said. That was what gave the sense of urgency to the situation – the dog could become too tired and collapse from exhaustion, and Halfhill wanted him out of the water before that happened.

Halfhill said the dog is very friendly, “a really good dog,” and now the focus is on finding his owners.

The dog was wearing a leash and collar when he was in the water, but there were no tags and the dog didn’t have a chip, Martin said. Animals Services hopes with photos of the dog out, someone will come in to claim him.

Normally a dog would stay at Animal Services for five days and if no owner shows, the dog goes up for adoption.

While today is day five for this rescued pup and he may be up for adoption Thursday, Animal Services may extend the waiting period and give the owners another couple of days to show proof of ownership.

The decision is scheduled to be made later today.

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From Onslow County Government:

On Saturday, Onslow County Animal Services received a call that a dog had somehow gotten past a retention wall and into the New River. The pup's lead snagged on an object in the water, leaving the pup stranded. A kind stranger offered to take one of our Onslow County Animal Control Officers out on the water to bring the pup safely back to shore. In moments, the dog in distress was in the arms of our ACO and taken back to dry land. 
Thank you to our Animal Services team for all they do to save animals in need, and thank you to the citizen who stepped up to help!

Per Animal Services rules, the dog is held for a period of five days should an owner come forward. If not, this sweet boy will be up for adoption on Thursday, November 3.