A dog's story of survival after losing his owner at sea

A dog's story of survival after losing owner at sea
Dingo recoverd from injuries that he sustained in an attack.
Dingo recoverd from injuries that he sustained in an attack.
Dingo was at sea with his former owner. (Source: http://www.cruising.ca)
Dingo was at sea with his former owner. (Source: http://www.cruising.ca)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – After a long journey from his home in Canada, a dog named Dingo ended up in Wilmington with an amazing story of survival.

Dingo, a dingo and lab mix breed, is being treated at Atlantic Animal Hospital in Wilmington. Nathan Moody, who lives in the Bahamas, found Dingo on an abandoned boat near a place called Memory Rock.

According to the Toronto Star, his owner, John William Batchelor, 72, from Canada, likely died at sea while on his annual pilgrimage south. Investigators aren't sure what exactly what happened to Batchelor.

Pictures posted online by Batchelor's friends show that Dingo was the man's best friend at sea.

When Moody, who is a volunteer with BASRA, a non-profit voluntary organization that rescues distressed sailors or airmen in the Bahamas, found Dingo alone on the boat, the dog was dehydrated and malnourished.

Moody estimates that Dingo was alone on the boat for three weeks. He was living on what little food remained on the boat.

Moody adopted the dog. However, it wasn't long before Dingo was in danger again.

Moody and Dingo were attacked by wild dogs while outside his home in the Bahamas a few weeks ago. Moody's second dog chased off the wild pack. However, Dingo suffered injuries to his leg during the attack.

This week, Rob Moody, who is from Wilmington, visited his brother.

The two talked about Dingo's leg, which wasn't healing properly. Because there's only very basic veterinarian care on the islands, Rob Moody offered to bring the dog back home with him.

After a long boat trip and a car trip from Florida, Rob Moody brought Dingo to Wilmington. He was concerned that Dingo may lose his leg due to an infection. However, Michele Rohrer, DVM, said his prognosis is good.

Nathan Moody, who is in the process of moving back to America from the Bahamas, looks forward to reuniting with his dog in a few weeks.

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