Firefighters Rescue Dog From 6-Foot Sinkhole

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Updated: June 19, 2017
Published: May 15, 2017
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After accidentally falling into a 6-foot deep sinkhole, a dog named Siri found himself in a dramatic, 90-minute rescue effort from the local firefighter departments of both Anne Arundel County and Annapolis in Maryland.

The roughly 85-pound Collie got stuck in the narrow 2-by-2-foot sinkhole. Firefighters quickly rushed to the dog's aid on the morning of May 13. They used a lift system to lower themselves down into the ground and get the dog back up to safety with no injuries. 

The successful mission was captured on video and in a series of photos posted to the Anne Arundel Fire Department Facebook page.

Department Captain Russ Davies told petMD that the firefighters were happy and relieved to safely complete this mission and that Siri's worried owner was grateful for his rescue. 

According to local affiliate NBC4, one of the rescuers even gave Siri a "big bear hug" after getting him out of the hole. 

This rescue serves as a reminder to all pet parents to be aware of their surroundings when they are on walks with their dogs, and to carry a cell phone to call for help from the authorities in case of emergency. 

Image via Anne Arundel Fire Department 

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