14-Year-Old Blind, Deaf Dog Rescued From Sinkhole

- FREDERICK, Md. - Crossroads Emergency Vet Clinic was the last place Susanne Geary expected to find herself with her 14-year-old Lhasa Apso, Samantha, Sunday afternoon.

"She's had the experience of her life being in a sink hole from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m." said Geary.

Geary took Samantha for an early morning walk when the sinkhole unexpectedly enclosed the dog.

"I screamed help! Help! Some neighbors came out to help me, but we could not get her out, so of course we had to call emergency," said Geary.

Samantha was reportedly pacing back and forth in the hockey stick shaped hole for roughly seven and a half hours. The sinkhole is about eight feet and projects outward about two feet, according to Battalion Chief Mike Dmuchowksi.

Although Samantha, who is also blind and deaf, is reportedly in good condition now, getting her out of the sinkhole took a lot of work from Frederick City Public Works, several fire rescues, police, animal control and the Frederick County Advance Technical Rescue.

Officials initially dug by hand but after 45 minutes used a backhoe to expedite the process.

After the ordeal, Samantha was taken to the clinic for a bath and x-ray. Geary is delighted to be reunited with her dog.

"She's alive and well. Can you tell? She's alive and well and ready to go," said Geary.

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