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Blind dog swims for more than an hour and half before rescue

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

Imagine swimming for an hour and half in the Neuse River with no life jacket or anyone around. Now imagine doing that in the dark. That was the scary reality for a dog name Guinness.

Minute after minute, all Guinness the dog could do was keep swimming for his life hoping someone would come get him.

"Poor dog he was just swimming and didn't have a clue where he was going," said neighbor to the dog's owner Rob Mabus.

On Wednesday, Guinness got out of his owners yard and ended up in the Neuse River.

"It's remarkable, blind or not, that he could swim that far and not drown," said Mabus.

Guinness ended being found in the water near Freelaners Beach, when water quality workers noticed him and picked him up on their boat.

His owner put up signs and called animal shelters, and on Tuesday, Guinness returned home safe and dog tired.

" When he got him home. I said well how is he. He said he's been sleeping for 12 hours straight," said Mabus.

Guinness' owner says from now on the dog will have to wear the collar for the electric fence so this doesn't happen again. He says he's just happy to have him back home safe.

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