Missing dog found in New Jersey after swimming in East River

A brave Big Apple dog who ran away more than a week ago was found safe and sound on Sunday after sending rescuers on a multi-state hunt that started in the East River and ended in a New Jersey Home Depot, The Post has learned.

Bailey, a seven-month-old German Shepherd and Akita mix, escaped from his owner’s Red Hook yard last Friday and bathed in the East River near IKEA shortly after, said said Harriet Zucker, a dog trainer who helped find the pooch. .

A researcher working on a barge spotted Bailey “swimming” around noon that day and got on his paddle board to help the pup back to shore. But Bailey, who is very afraid of humans and has behavioral issues, kept swimming, Zucker said.

The man was eventually able to bring the dog back to shore, where he collapsed on the rocks and spent several hours sunbathing before disappearing again, Zucker said.

“We were trying to figure out where he was so we could set up feeding stations and then maybe trap him,” she told the Post.

“There was nothing at all, no sightings, nothing.”

A few days later, Zucker plastered missing posters around Red Hook and quickly learned that Bailey had been spotted near Henry Street and Hamilton Avenue near the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

“Then I got another message saying he was in the tunnel,” Zucker laughed.

The Saturday, video posted on Twitter showed Bailey galloping through the tunnel as a New York State Trooper followed, shocking motorists who filmed the wild moment.

“Oh, he’s coming into our hallway!” a passenger, who thought Bailey was a wolf or a coyote, is heard saying in the video as the dog sped through the cars.

“This is insane!”

Bailey escaped from his owner’s yard in Red Hook, Brooklyn last week.
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A person posted a video on Twitter of Bailey running inside the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
A person posted a video on Twitter of Bailey running inside the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
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Zucker spoke to an officer handling the tunnel and said Bailey exited in Manhattan and “exited to Trinity Street.”

“You should go to Manhattan and ask them,” the officer said, according to Zucker.

She drove downtown but arrived empty and was planning to spend Sunday posting flyers in Lower Manhattan – when she got a call saying Bailey had crossed state lines and been tracked by the Port Authority police to a Home Depot parking lot in Jersey City.

“It was quite surprising that he ended up in New Jersey, which is quite an adventure for a pup who’s never been out before,” Zucker said.

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Dog trainer Harriet Zucker is reuniting the dog with its owner.
Dog trainer Harriet Zucker is reuniting the dog with its owner.
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“The most amazing thing for me is just the journey he’s had.”

Aside from a nasty leg injury, Bailey was safe and healthy, though a little thinner after a week on the streets, Zucker said.

She is in the process of reuniting Bailey with her owner and finding her a foster family who can help the pup become less fearful and more human-friendly.

“There’s a lot of hope for him, he’s a nice dog,” Zucker said.

“I think he’s going to be a big hug. He needs someone he knows has his back at all times.

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