Dog missing for two weeks spotted swimming in the ocean having lost 20lbs

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State police troopers in the US responded to a call on Tuesday about a dog swimming in the Barnegat bay in New Jersey.

They arrived only to discover Chunk, a golden retriever who was reported missing for about two weeks.

New Jersey State Police troopers Ryan Koehler and Vincent Ferdinandi, of Point Pleasant Station found the three year old dog after two joggers recognized Chunk from posters and reported seeing him jump into the water near Mantoloking Bridge around 7am., WABC-TV reported.

They shared their story on Facebook, which received more than 15000 likes and was shared more than 7500 times.

"Needless to say he was ecstatic to be reunited with his grateful owners," they wrote, showing a photo of the dog after he was rescued from the water.

"We positioned our boat, got (the) line ready, acted as a leash," Koehler said. "Line around dog and guide him up to the docks."

According to Chunk's owners, Jim and Marie Zangara, he had some matted fur and was covered in ticks, but was otherwise healthy.

The commenters on the Facebook post were all joyful and ecstatic.

One comment read "I'm crying!! I don't even know this family or dog but thank you for getting him back home and so glad he is safe…he has got to be exhausted and hungry."

Another New Jersey resident who wanted to celebrate the troopers said "So proud of my neighbour Trooper Ryan Koehler and Trooper Ferdinandi, who helped to save Chunk and return him safely to his family!"

A third commenter said: "Thank god!!

"My daughter has been so worried about this dog and keeping an eye out for him in the hopes he could be reunited with his family…. Such great news".

Evidently this story was being closely monitored by many people in the local community who just wanted to see Chunk returned safely.

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