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Taiwan coast guard chases swimming dog for an hour

By
Ben Hooper

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A Taiwan coast guard boat spent more than an hour chasing a dog spotted swimming in a ship docking area, officials said.

A video from the docking area in Kaohsiung shows the coast guard boat chasing after the dog as it casually paddles through the water.

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Capt. Cai Ming Yi said coast guard personnel and marine police tried throwing a flotation device to the canine, but it repeatedly dodged the ring.

He said police were eventually able to catch the dog in a fishing net and haul it aboard their boat.

"It took more than hour of following the dog in the boat before we could rescue him," Yi said.

''I don't know how long he had been in the water before that, but he didn't look like he was getting tired. Perhaps he could have kept going," he said. "Next time he should understand not to go bathing in the sea. It's not safe for a dog."

"The police were very helpful in catching the dog, so we have to thank them for their work," he said.

Yi said the dog was determined to be a stray and was adopted by a worker at the coast guard office.

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