PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. – A puppy had to be rescued from a sinkhole in Putnam County.
The collie named Lassie wandered away from its home on Walker Hollow Road last Thursday and fell more than twenty feet into a nearby sinkhole. The owners searched for hours and then heard barking from down in the hole.
"Her little nose came out from behind one of the rocks for just a second and I could tell she was moving," said Lassie's owner Shannon Davis.
Shannon quickly realized she wouldn't be able to get down to the bottom of the nearly 20-foot deep hole to reach Lassie.
"I couldn't stand the thought of having to tell (my daughter) Lassie was gone," she said.
The Putnam County Rescue Squad responded to the scene, and fixed a harness over the sinkhole so that one of them could rappel down to rescue the puppy.
"It wasn't just a straight 18 foot drop. The dog bounced back and forth till she hit the bottom," recalled Charlie Tollison with the Putnam County Rescue Squad.
Lassie survived the fall without any serious injury, but was taken to the veterinarian to be checked out.