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Firefighters rescue dog from sinkhole

Frito uninjured and reunited with owner


by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Portland Fire & Rescue trench rescue team pulled Frito the dog from a 15-foot-deep sinkhole in the backyard of a Southeast Portland home. The dog was unharmed.Portland firefighters rescued a dog that had fallen into a backyard sinkhole Thursday afternoon.

The male dog named Frito was uninjured and reunited with its owner.

The rescue began at 5:51 p.m. on Nov. 22 when Portland Fire & Rescue was called to help a dog that had fallen into a hole in the backyard of 5120 S.E. 104th Ave. Engine 11 from the Lents station quickly arrived and firefighters determined that specialized resources were required to safely rescue the dog.

Portland Fire's Trench Rescue Team was called in. Ground pads were placed around the hole to prevent further collapse and firefighters were able to secure the dog using an animal restraint pole and a rope. The dog was then lifted from the hole. The rescue took just over an hour.

The hole appears to be an old well or cesspool. It is approximately 15 feet deep and 2 feet across. Firefighters covered the hole with wood before leaving. It will be assessed and permanently filled.