Portland firefighters rescued a dog that fell into a sinkhole Sunday morning, according to representatives from Portland Fire and Rescue.
Crews said they received a call at 5:50 a.m. from an elderly, disabled man who led them to his backyard on NE Alberta Court where firefighters discovered the dog trapped at the bottom of the 6'-deep hole.
Efforts to encourage the dog to climb out on its own were unsuccessful, firefighters said. At that time crews decided to gather equipment to determine the stability of the hole and rescue the dog, according to fire crews.
After widening the hole, firefighters were able to secure the dog and pull it to safety, where it was reunited with its owner, rescue crews said.
Firefighters said the rescue operation serves as a good safety reminder for everyone to call for help before attempting to retrieve anything from a sinkhole.
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