The Government of the state of Puebla, central Mexico, rescued two dogs that fell to the mysterious sinkhole that was formed in an area of that territory, after a national campaign that pressured the governor Miguel Barbosa, who initially ruled out conditions to save them.
“With success and thanks to the responsible efforts of the State Civil Protection and Fire Brigades, Spay and Spike were successfully rescued after their fall in the Santa María Zacatepec sinkhole,” reported the Government of Puebla in its official networks.
With success and thanks to the responsible work of @PC_Estatal and Firefighters successfully rescued Spay and Spike after their fall in the Santa María Zacatepec sinkhole; in these moments personal of @IBAGobPue performs medical evaluation to determine their health status. pic.twitter.com/nRskkkpO3Q
– Government of Puebla (@Gob_Puebla) June 11, 2021
Earlier, Governor Barbosa had warned that dangerous conditions prevented saving pets that fell into the hole, which exceeds 393 feet (120 meters) in diameter and 164 feet (50 meters) deep, at its lowest point. , after appearing at the end of May, when it originated with just five meters in diameter.
But in just a few hours, users launched a petition on Change.org that gathered nearly 35,000 signatures and launched a social media campaign with images demanding that the Government of Puebla save the animals.
“There are rescuers who want to come to rescue them, without the need for the Government to pay them, they will do it from the heart, the Government does not want us to support and does not want to give us permission to rescue the two dogs”, denounced Efe Fatima Ortega, owner of Spay.
The detachment occurred on May 29 in a farmland in the Juan C. Bonilla municipality, just over 20 kilometers from Puebla capital, in an area where there are only a few small and humble houses of the people who cultivate the land.
The hole originated with only five meters in diameter, in just 24 hours it grew to 30 meters and since then it has not stopped growing.
The situation has aroused national interest due to the unusual nature of the formation, which has been formed by undetermined natural causes or by the exploitation of aquifers, according to researchers from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) who are at the site.
The failure has caused damage to five homes and represents damage to people, so the Government of Puebla was hesitant to save the animals and risk Civil Protection elements.
But now he asserted that the animals are already safe and under “Medical assessment”.
“We reiterate our commitment to protect animals by safeguarding human lives”, indicated the state government.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.