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German Shepherd Found Three Days After Falling in Sinkhole

It's an unbelievable story that Maverick, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, was found on Saturday inside a sinkhole in Platte County, Missouri.

He had been missing since Thursday, when his owner Lisa Valkenburgh had let him outside to relieve himself. That's when he wandered off. Valkenburgh and her family searched tirelessly for their family member and finally found him, but he was lethargic and dehydrated on Saturday afternoon, buried inside a sinkhole.

Valkenburgh said, "He was very lifeless by the time we got him to the vet." She had walked down the road near the sinkhole when she heard a moan-like bark. It took three firefighters from the Southern Platte Fire Protection district an hour and a half to dig Maverick out.

Valkenburgh's son said, "Took shovels and they were actually able to get three firefighters to come from different angles and to shovel it out and keep the mud from compacting and compressing on him, to keep him from actually suffocating."

Maverick was taken to a vet and is expected to make a full recovery.

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