Firefighters Save Dog from Sinkhole in Buffalo

A German shepherd is back on solid ground after being rescued from a sinkhole that opened up in a Buffalo park, reports The Associated Press (

The 3-year-old dog dropped more than 10 feet to the bottom of the watery hole during a Sunday morning walk with his owner, Mattie Moore, who nearly fell in herself.

Buffalo firefighter Michael Paveljack said rescuers put plywood around the two-foot hole to stabilize the ground, then widened the gap for the rescue. Paveljack climbed down a ladder and fashioned a makeshift harness from the dog’s leash that allowed rescuers to hoist it from the hole.

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