Firefighters Save Dog From Sinkhole - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Firefighters Save Dog From Sinkhole

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A German shepherd is back on solid ground after being rescued from a sinkhole that opened up in a Buffalo park.
    
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 says rescuers put plywood around the 2-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.
    
Moore tells The Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/1j7bOfd ) the dog has a sore hip but otherwise seems fine.
    
The sinkhole appears to have been caused by a broken underground water pipe that eroded the soil.

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