Sinkhole at Mexico farm swallows more land, traps 2 dogs

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A water-filled sinkhole grows on a farming field in Zacatapec, on the outskirts of Puebla, Mexico, Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Authorities say an underground river is responsible. (AP Photo/Pablo Spencer)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A large sinkhole that appeared in late May at a farm in central Mexico has grown larger than a football field, begun swallowing a house and trapped two dogs in its depths.

The government of the central state of Puebla said late Thursday it had managed to pull the two dogs out of the sinkhole, after emotional requests from animal lovers to rescue them.

They had been trapped for about four days on a ledge on the sheer sides of the hole dropping 50 feet to water.

A firefighter descended into the pit, in part by using a ladder to steady the soil on the edge.

His colleagues were seen standing farther back using ropes and a pulley system to haul up cages carrying the two dogs.

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