Source: The Washington Post
By Dana Hedgpeth
Published: March 31 2014
A 14-year-old deaf and blind dog was rescued Sunday from a sinkhole in Frederick.
More than 25 rescue workers from at least five different departments in the area spent seven hours trying to rescue the dog — a Lhasa Apso named Samantha. She fell into the hole, which rescue officials said was roughly two feet wide and eight feet deep, while walking with her owner in a grassy area near Old Farm Road and Wainwright Court.
The owner yelled for help after Samantha fell into the hole, according to a report from Abby Theodros with WHAG-TV, the NBC affiliate in Western Maryland. Area neighbors heard her and called for help.
Rescue officials pumped warm air into the hole and monitored the air flow. The dog was also given toys and food in “an effort to try and coax her out,” said Capt. Kevin Fox with the Frederick County Fire department.
Rescuers used “flexible pipping to coax the dog from the deepest part of the hole” Fox said. They were then able to harness the dog and lift Samantha out of the hole, he said.
Samantha underwent x-rays and a bath at a vet’s office and was later able to go home.
The sinkhole and area around it are being monitored by engineers and public works officials, but there is believed to be no threat to homes or roads in the area.