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Dog rescued after falling into sinkhole on Rancho Peñasquitos street

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Posted at 11:21 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 10:02:52-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Emergency crews rescued a dog that fell into a sinkhole that formed earlier in the day on a Rancho Peñasquitos street.

Authorities said the 10-year-old Golden Retriever named Ruby was on a walk with her owner when she crossed a barricaded roadblock on Park Village Road, near Darkwood Road, and fell into the crater shortly after 9:30 p.m.

10News learned Ruby was not on a leash during her walk.

Emergency responders descended down the hole using a ladder and brought Ruby up to safety at around midnight. She did not appear to suffer any major injuries.

Earlier in the day, at around 11 a.m., the street had been blocked off after the formation of the sinkhole, located just east of Los Peñasquitos Canyon trailhead and Park Village Elementary School.

City of San Diego crews and police shut down the westbound lanes of Park Village Road due to the emergency, which they say was caused by a collapsed storm drain under the road.

As of Wednesday afternoon, crews constructed a fence around the hole. Both westbound lanes of Park Village Road are closed.

The drain was installed in the mid-80s, according to the city, and there were signs other portions of the road may be buckling.

No homes or businesses were immediately affected by the sinkhole. There was no immediate word of the sinkhole's depth and width.