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Dog rescued from sinkhole in Hancock County


HANCOCK COUNTY, Tennessee (WATE) – A dog named “Killer” was at the center of a three-hour, multi-agency animal rescue from a 30-foot sinkhole in Hancock County on Saturday, the rescue team says of Hawkins County.

The Rescue Team’s multi-jurisdictional rope rescue team was asked to help a dog that had fallen into a deep sinkhole around 2pm on Horton Ford Road in Kyles Ford in Hancock County. Members of the Goshen Valley Volunteer Fire Department team also responded to the scene.

Hawkins Rescue said on Sunday a member of the team was lowered into the vertical chasm about 30 feet and made contact with Killer, who was very excited to see him. The other team members who were above ground managed to pull the rescuer and the killer out of the sinkhole to safe ground.

The killer found his owners safe and sound. Rescue efforts lasted about three hours.

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The Multi-Jurisdiction Rope Rescue Team was established in 2019 and is governed by the Hawkins County Rescue Team. The team is a necessary asset due to the surrounding areas which have both natural formations and man-made structures that would require rope rescue operations to access people – or pets – who become trapped. The team currently consists of members from Hawkins County Rescue Team, Hancock County Rescue Team, Goshen Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Mount Carmel Fire Department. Membership of the team is open to any member belonging to a public safety agency in Hawkins or Hancock Counites.

The circumstances surrounding the incident – how Killer fell into the sinkhole and whether there is a continued risk of further trouble – were not yet available. WATE 6 On Your Side is working to find out more.