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Two dogs rescued in Mexico from sinkhole larger than a football field

MEXICO (KYMA, KECY) - A giant sinkhole in Mexico has grown larger than a football field, began swallowing a house, and trapped two dogs.

The sinkhole appeared in a home in May at a farm in Puebla. Government officials said they managed to pull two dogs out of the sinkhole trapped in for four days on a ledge on the sides of the hole, dropping 50 feet to water.

Firefighters used a ladder to steady the soil on edge and used ropes to haul up the dogs. Spay and Spike are now safely in the hands of a veterinarian. The dogs were apparently playing in the farm field surrounding the sinkhole when they fell in.

The sinkhole is over 400 feet and approximately 150 deep at its deepest point. Officials now have soldiers around the sinkhole to keep people away from it.

“It's a very hard time for us. It hurts because this is all that we have,” said Magdalena Xalamigua Xopillacle, whose brick and the cinderblock house was slowly collapsing into the sinkhole. “At times we feel sick from so much sadness.”

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