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200-Pound Pooch Rescued from 25-Foot-Deep Hole

What's going on around here? Early last week we brought you news of a very cute long-haired Doxie, Emma, who was trapped in a hole...

Maria Goodavage  |  Jan 10th 2011


What’s going on around here? Early last week we brought you news of a very cute long-haired Doxie, Emma, who was trapped in a hole for 2.5 days as rescuers tried to free her. Later in the week we brought you the story of Petey, who got stuck in a hole six feet under until firefighters rescued him.

We start off this week by adding to the trend in a big way. A 200-pound mastiff named Cedrick spent a few hours patiently waiting at the bottom of a muddy 25-foot-deep sinkhole as a rescue team rigged up pulleys and harnesses to get him out. Apparently the hole — in his back yard — was a former septic tank that had been uncovered by recent rains in his Central California town. Look at this big, muddy galoot in the video above when his hero brings him up out of that super deep hole. (And here’s a link to some raw footage of his rescue and subsequent bath.)

Twenty-five feet is a deep hole! It’s kind of amazing that Cedrick, 6, wasn’t really hurt. (A vet pronounced him in good condition.) But what must the poor guy have been thinking when stuck so far below?

Keep an eye on your dogs, Dogsters! As Dogster Steven M. Green, who kindly alerted me to this story, wrote: “Seems like the earth is sucking them up lately!”