Firefighters rescue dog from sinkhole

Firefighters rescue a dog from a sinkhole.
Firefighters rescue a dog from a sinkhole.
Courtesy of High Springs Fire Department

High Springs firefighters rescued a dog from a 15-foot sinkhole Saturday morning.

According to a High Springs press release, firefighters were dispatched to Cinnamon Hills Estates—which is at the intersection of NW 255th Terrace and NW 168th Place—just after 10 a.m.

“At 10:21 AM High Springs Firefighters arrived on the scene of a 15-foot-deep sinkhole that had opened up a few days earlier inside a stormwater retention basin, with an 11-week-old Labradoodle puppy trapped, but uninjured, at the bottom of the hole,” the High Springs reported said.

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The firefighters first tried to create a type of hammock using ropes and a tarp-like device used for moving patients. They put treats and peanut butter inside the makeshift hammock—called a “MegaMover”—hoping to entice the dog onto it so they could raise the dog to safety. But the dog didn’t bite.

“Unsuccessful in luring the puppy with treats, firefighters deployed a ladder and lowered Firefighter/Paramedic Kim Arnold into the hole, where she was able to successfully rescue the puppy,” the release said.

The release credited recent technical rescue and animal rescue training for Arnold and other members of the department with helping them execute the rescue.

Left: Firefighter Kim Arnold cradles the puppy after the rescue. Right: The 15-foot sinkhole that entrapped the dog.

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Linda Jones

High Springs Fire Department alway at their finest whether fighting fires or conducting rescues. Sinkholes are treacherous in this area.