German Shepherd rescued from sinkhole in Missouri

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Monday, February 8, 2016
Maverick, a German shepherd who was rescued from a sinkhole, gets the mud rinsed off him by rescue personnel in Missouri.
Maverick, a German shepherd who was rescued from a sinkhole, gets the mud rinsed off him by rescue personnel in Missouri.
Photo Courtesy Southern Platte Fire Chief Richard Carrizzo

KANSAS CITY, MO -- Firefighters and sheriff's deputies in Kansas City, Missouri rescued a German Shepherd from a sinkhole.

The dog, named Maverick, previously survived being hit by a car and walking into a raccoon trap before he was adopted by his forever family.

Maverick pushed past his invisible fence and slid headfirst about five feet down and another five feet sideways into a sinkhole. Emergency personnel responded and saved Maverick after he had been in the hole for 72 hours.

The emergency veterinarian said Maverick will be on an IV and antibiotics for a while and may need therapy after being stuck in the hole for so long. He is expected to be OK.