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Woman and dog fall into 20-foot sinkhole

Lady Survives Fall Into 20-Foot Sinkhole

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland fire official says a woman and her dog have been rescued unharmed after falling into a 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in her backyard.

Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Rich Chatman says the woman in her 30s was trying to find her small poodle mix Tuesday night in her dark Portland backyard when she fell into a sinkhole about 3½ feet in diameter. A neighbor who heard her calls for help called 911.

This image shows the sinkhole where a woman was rescued unharmed after falling into the 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in her backyard Tuesday night Feb. 18, 2014.

Fire crews used rope and ground ladders to rescue them. Chatman says fire officials at the scene were amazed that both escaped unhurt.

The spokesman says a neighbor who shares a property line said both homeowners had been required to do some recent work on their sewage system.

Crews were covering up the hole temporarily late Tuesday.

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John February 19 2014 at 3:41 PM


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David S. John February 19 2014 at 7:28 PM

True......too many other things to blame on Florida.....

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ae12wrangell John February 20 2014 at 11:42 AM

Sinkholes are all over the United States. I live in New York, and have a small sinkhole in my backyard.

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jijjhnsn February 20 2014 at 7:38 AM

Lucky it wasn't that deep and she was concious enough to call for help.

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Elizabeth February 20 2014 at 4:57 AM


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almasearch February 20 2014 at 12:41 AM

Life, in fact, is NOT a bowl of cherries. It's a series of sinkholes, and ya gotta avoid the pits. Glad this woman and her dog made it out unscathed in this one! :-D

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ctsturbine February 20 2014 at 12:09 AM

The Reeves family would like to extend their deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to the dedicated staff of Bafnield Animal Hospital that were on duty the evening of Feb 1, 2014. The staff went above and beyond normal services that are routinely expected from such a facility.

Earlier in the day our beloved Family member Vern was murdered by the AACO Police Department in our front yard. You can’t imagine the blinding pain, numbness, and loss we were experiencing. At 6:45 pm we reached out to the hospital to aide us with the remains of our beloved Vern. Larry was the first person I spoke with. He expressed sincere concern; assured us they would provide the proper handling of the remains but they were closing in 15 minutes. We were 20 minutes away. In panic and pain I realized we were not going to be able to provide Vern with the dignity of properly handling his remains that he was so deserving of; let alone knowing we would have to keep his remains at home until morning causing more pain to an already grieving family. Through sobs I asked Larry to try and understand how traumatized we are and for the first time told him our dog had been shot and killed. I asked him if there was any way they could stay open until we could get there, his compassion came from the heart and his immediate response was yes, of course they would wait the extra minute or so. My Nephew Mikey and I arrived at 7:12pm. I entered the store and was greeted by Larry and an associate; they immediately asked me if I required assistance with my loved one and upon an affirmative response proceed to retrieve Vern. Upon meeting Mikey, who was standing watch over Vern and terribly grief stricken they hugged him, gave him their heartfelt sympathies and told him they would tenderly accept Vern. Mikey had no other worries from that point on.

Once inside Vern was seen by the Veterinarian on duty who conducted his routine examine of Vern and compassionately told us what we already knew, Vern was deceased. From there the empathy grew as each of these individuals could see we were not thinking properly. Each offered us invaluable information, educated us on the procedures ahead, and offered their service of documentation to help us if we thought it necessary to pursue justice for Vern. They then allowed us to say our final goodbyes.

It is through tear filled eyes and a broken hearts we commend the folks of Banfield Animal Hospital, through their outpouring of compassion, their sincere dedication to their profession and their genuine empathy to our loss. They truly helped eased our burden and the mourning of our BELOVED Vern.
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Caryl ctsturbine February 20 2014 at 2:22 AM

What a terrific staff to work overtime and show such compassion..animal people are the best! But
why was Vern shot. Too many of these instances happening lately by police.

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Elizabeth Caryl February 20 2014 at 5:00 AM

Shooting a dog is one of the last things police want to do. Why was this dog (assuming this story is true) loose? What was happening that the police were even there?

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paxrail ctsturbine February 20 2014 at 3:16 AM

This is spam. Saw this same letter on a completely different sight where the article was about snow and ice storms.

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VIPRLARES February 19 2014 at 10:27 PM

Thank God they are both ok.

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JohnnYuma VIPRLARES February 20 2014 at 7:08 AM

It would be nice if we had the reason the police were there. I watched a film of a trigger happy policeman kill a dog in front of the owners kids. The cop couldn't tell the difference between a dog wagging it's tail coming to grteet him and a violent dog's actions.

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merstockgto February 19 2014 at 9:56 PM

Guess Fl. is not the only place that has sinkholes

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zygi & paris February 19 2014 at 8:58 PM

Wow! This Earth is caving in. Happens a lot lately. Instead of hating, you better start praying.

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jai.hye February 19 2014 at 8:35 PM

One of my greatest fears....being buried alive has to be beyond horrible.

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jai.hye February 19 2014 at 8:33 PM

So happy this lady and her fur baby were safely rescued.

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