Cindy Burnett of Marco Island said Turbo, an 11-year-old Doberman, escaped from her yard Sunday night and she and her sons were unable to locate him, WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, reported Thursday.
Burnett said a fatigued Turbo was finally spotted swimming in canal water when a group of dolphins splashing loudly drew a neighbor's attention to the distressed canine.
Burnett said Turbo, who was pulled from the water by the neighbor, could have been in the water for up to 15 hours. She credited the dolphins with helping to save his life.
"If he had to tread water all night long, I know he wouldn't have been able to," Burnett said.