- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Portland, Ore., woman and her dog were rescued from a 20-foot-deep sinkhole in her backyard after a neighbor heard her screams for help.

Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Rich Chatman said that the woman, in her 30s, was looking for her poodle mix dog on Tuesday evening and didn’t see the 3½-foot hole that had opened in her yard, The Associated Press reported.

Apparently, the dog hadn’t, either. But a neighbor — who said the woman had been required to do sewage work recently — heard her shouts and called 911. The rescue crew dropped a ladder and helped both the woman and her dog to safety unharmed, AP said.

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