Firefighters save dog from sinkhole in Buffalo, NY

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Rescue 1 firefighter Michael Paveljack gets a kiss from Mack the dog he rescued  from a sink hole in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

Rescue 1 firefighter Michael Paveljack gets a kiss from Mack the dog he rescued from a sink hole in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A German shepherd is back on solid ground after being rescued from a sinkhole that opened up in a Buffalo park.

The 3-year-old dog dropped more than 10 feet to the bottom of the watery hole during a Sunday morning walk with his owner, Mattie Moore, who nearly fell in herself.

Buffalo firefighter Michael Paveljack says rescuers put plywood around the 2-foot hole to stabilize the ground, then widened the gap for the rescue. Paveljack climbed down a ladder and fashioned a makeshift harness from the dog’s leash that allowed rescuers to hoist it from the hole.

Moore tells The Buffalo News the dog initially appeared to have only a sore hip but was moving slowly and throwing up Monday.

The sinkhole’s blamed on a broken underground water pipe.

Buffalo, N.Y. Rescue 1 firefighters and Mattie Moore, second from left, and her dog Mack stand by the sink hole where Mack was rescued. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

Buffalo, N.Y. Rescue 1 firefighters and Mattie Moore, second from left, and her dog Mack stand by the sink hole where Mack was rescued. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

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