Maryland resident Susanne Geary was taking her 14-year-old dog, Samantha, for a leisurely stroll on Sunday morning when the two encountered the unexpected: a massive sinkhole shaped like a hockey stick, three feet wide and eight feet deep. Before Geary could do anything to stop Samantha, a blind and deaf Lhasa Apso from falling through the ground, the dog's neck slipped through her collar and she dropped to the bottom of the hole.
"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," Geary told WHAG. "[She] had the experience of her life being in a sink hole from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m."
Officials from the town's City Public Works and Advance Technical Rescue were on the scene for hours, in addition to several fire rescues, police and animal control. Finally, Just before 3 p.m., they were able to reunite the confused elderly dog with Geary, who immediately took her to the vet for an x-ray -- then home for a bath.
"She's alive and well," Geary said. "She's alive and well and ready to go."