A dog was found treading water in the middle of Lake Michigan! In an interview with local news station WOOD-TV, Jeannie Wilcox said she and her family spotted a “red animal” in the middle of the lake during a boating trip.

Wilcox recounted the story, “I see this red animal in the lake and I started screaming, ‘Dog in the water!’ The dog was at least four miles offshore and had been treading water for a while! “We brought her up on our swim platform really easily,” Wilcox said. “We dried her off. She was obviously scared and cold.”

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After getting the dog on board, they boated to the local town of Belmont and got the dog scanned for a microchip. Luckily, the dog’s family was found and they were soon reunited. The Wilcoxes were thrilled that the dog was reunited with their family.

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Source: WOOD TV8/Youtube

“I just hope that if this was my dog, somebody would do the same for me. I would just be very grateful, happy because I know how rough Lake Michigan can be,” Wilcox said. See more photos of the rescue, below:

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