Pennsylvania dog rescued from 15-foot sinkhole

By Daniel Uria  |  Feb. 18, 2016 at 11:54 AM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Fire rescue officials in Pennsylvania rescued a dog from a 15-foot deep sinkhole on Wednesday morning.

Alpha fire company shared photos and video of Skye the golden retriever, who fell down the large hole near the Penn State Arboretum.

Skye went missing on Monday night after owner Megan Holmes let her off her leash while walking with a neighbor and their dog during a snowstorm, she told Centre Daily Times.

"We understand we were in the wrong to let her off leash," her husband Ron Holmes said. "She's so good about staying close, and all of a sudden she was gone."

While searching for Skye, Holmes discovered a sinkhole near where she had gone missing but was unable to hear her responses to his calls due to gushing water in the hole.

The couple returned on Wednesday morning to find the water had stopped and quickly called fire rescue when they discovered Skye at the bottom of the sinkhole.

Firefighters widened the hole to 30 inches in diameter and constructed a dog harness that they then used to raise Skye to safety.

Skye remained in good health despite her long stay in the hole and Ron Holmes was grateful that fire rescue were able to reunite him with his beloved dog.

"She's doing fine, and the vet said she's in good shape," he said. "I really appreciate efforts of the Alpha Fire Company and campus police. There's a good thing that comes out of it, I think. That sinkhole got located, and they'll fill it so no one will fall down it."

Today, Rescue 518 and Engine 510 responded at the request of Asst. Chief Schreiner for a dog that had fallen into a hole...

Posted by Alpha Fire Company on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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