t was unclear how long the dog had been at sea when a helicopter crew spotted it on Friday more than a mile (two kilometers) off the town of Kesennuma.

Japan’s coast guard has rescued a dog drifting on a rooftop off the country’s coast, three weeks after a tsunami ravaged the northeast.

It was unclear how long the dog had been at sea when a helicopter crew spotted it on Friday more than a mile (two kilometers) off the town of Kesennuma.

It took several hours to capture the dog because it scampered across other floating wreckage when it saw officers winching down from the chopper.

Officials said on Saturday that the dog’s blackish collar gives no clues about its owner. After the rescue, the dog kept quiet and ate biscuits and sausages on a patrol boat.

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