The black Lab mix “looked a little ratty,” Rice told The Dodo. With only a red collar, but no tag to identify him, rescuers were unsure how the dog wound up stranded in the lake all by himself.
Back at the station, the dog appeared calm and friendly, Rice noted.
"He was shaking and very scared at first, but now he is back at the station all warmed up and we gave him some snacks and water," the U.S. Coast Guard Station New Orleans wrote in a Facebook post. "We are always ready to respond!"
In hopes of finding the lost dog’s owner, employees with the Jefferson Parish East Bank Animal Shelter picked up the pup and scanned for a microchip — which proved successful.