Amarillo firefighter wants to adopt dog he helped rescue from sinkhole

Updated: Apr. 30, 2019 at 9:37 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - An Amarillo firefighter may be adopting the dog he helped rescue from a sinkhole.

Gracie Lou is a sweet-tempered Labrador-Heeler mix who appears to be in good spirits despite the dangerous predicament she found herself in Tuesday morning.

She fell into a sinkhole at the corner of I-40 and Pullman Road around 10 a.m. People nearby heard barking coming from the area and called the fire department for help.

“It was about 20 to 23 feet deep, filling up with water," described Amarillo firefighter Matthew Calvin. "She was down there swimming. It was kind of intense and we worked really hard to get her out. We ended up getting a ladder down there and a rope down there. With the two things were were able to pull the dog out safely without endangering our crews.”

This poor dog fell down a 20 ft. sinkhole today during the rain. After about an hour, E-10, E-13 & L-13 were able to get her out safely. Good job "A" shift!!!

Posted by Amarillo Fire Department on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

While the hour-long rescue mission is complete, Calvin has a future rescue in mind.

“If she doesn’t have an owner, then I’ll take her in," said Calvin. "I don’t currently have a dog right now, so we’ll make her a home. We’ll give her a home at our house.”

Right now Gracie Lou is at Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare being treated for ticks and other minor injuries.

“She is doing really well, especially for how big of an adventure she had today," said Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare Interim Director Christy Fischer. "She thankfully walked away with some abrasions that we’ve treated here. She had quite a bit of dirt in her eyes so we flushed those out for her and got some antibiotic medications in there.”

Gracie Lou did not have a microchip, so the shelter is optimistic Calvin will be able to take her home if an owner does not come forward within 72 hours.

If Gracie Lou already has a home, Fischer said this is a reminder to make sure your pets have microchips so they can easily be returned.

The shelter offers $10 michrochipping everyday it is open.

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