Dog missing for two years found swimming off Florida coast


A dog that was reported missing two years ago was found swimming off the coast of Florida last Thursday.

The dog was rescued by fishermen a mile off Tampa Bay and was wearing a collar with the name Baby.

Sadly, vets discovered that Baby's owner died a couple of months ago.

Fisherman Tony Basile found her and took her onto his boat, wrapping a towel around her.

Speaking to WFLA after he found her, he said: "We got her to start drinking and eat some food. She's in need of a good cleaning, but she's totally bonded to me. I can't take a step off the boat and she'll start screaming and yelling. I walk with her; she stays right by my side."

After Basile cared for her, Baby found a new permanent home.

New owners Kathy and Larry Klein saw news coverage of Baby's rescue and went to look for Tony's boat to offer donations for the dog.

"Initially, I wanted to just go meet the people that were so kind to rescue her," Kathy told Fox News.

"I went and got a dog bed and a blanket and a dog coat because I knew it was going to get cold."

The Kleins spent time with the dog on the boat and ended up taking Baby home with them after Tony said he would do everything he could to find her a home.

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