Talk about defying the odds: a 14-year-old blind and deaf Lhasa Apso dog was rescued from a sinkhole in Frederick Sunday. Apparently the canine, named Samantha, was walking with her owner in a grassy area near Old Farm Road and Wainwright Court when she fell into a large hole. It took more than 25 workers from five different departments in the area over seven hours to try to rescue the dog. Rescue officials say the hole was two feet wide and eight feet deep.
After Samantha fell into the hole, her owner yelled for help. Neighbors in the area heard her pleas and kindly called for help for the poor dog. Rescue officials tried to keep their furry friend calm and safe, pumping air into the hole and monitoring the air flow. They also sent down toys and treats into the hole in an attempt to coax Samantha out, said Capt. Kevin Fox, who is from the Frederick County Fire department.
Fox added that rescuers used “flexible pipping to coax the dog from the deepest part of the hole,” and were able to harness her and lift her from the hole in the end. After her rescue, Samantha was taken to a veterinarian for some x-rays and a bath. She was later allowed to go home after spending some time at the vet’s office.
The sinkhole where Samantha fell – as well as the surrounding area – is being monitored by public works officials. Currently it is believed to be no threat to the area.
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