A tiny 8-week-old puppy reportedly discovered clinging to a piece of board in George Town harbor was rescued by a fisherman and handed over to the Humane Society this week.
It is not known how long the dog, a whippet mix, had been in the water or how she got there.
Volunteers have named her Cruise and are looking for someone to adopt her.
Shelter manager Jason Jairam said a volunteer working in a shop on the waterfront had taken the puppy from a Cuban fisherman who said he had pulled her from the water. Mr. Jairam said it was one of the strangest rescue stories he had ever heard.
He said the dog was wet and shaking but otherwise in good health when she was found.
“We don’t know how she got there or if there were other litter mates that didn’t make it,” he said. “I don’t know if someone deliberately dumped her or if she maybe came off a Cuban boat. We just don’t know. I’ve never heard of that before.”
The puppy has had her shots and is being well cared for at the Humane Society.
Kate Young, 10, who volunteers with the organization, has played with her and bathed her almost every morning since she was brought to the shelter. She said, “Ever since I was a little girl, I have grown up with dogs. I love them. When Cruise came in, I saw that look in her eyes – survival and motivation. She’s amazing.”
The Humane Society can be contacted on 949-1461.