It was a time-consuming rescue operation that involved crews from three departments.
Their patience and coordination paid off as Indy, a retired police K-9, was hoisted from the 60-foot hole.
Chula Vista’s Urban Search and Rescue Team was joined by crews from Bonita and San Miguel fire departments.
Rescue crews attempted a number of maneuvers, including sending down a number of different specialized hooks to Indy.
“But because of the way the hole was, nothing was long enough to make it down,” Ken Gilden of the San Diego Humane Society Emergency Response Team told CBS8.
In the meantime, another firefighter tried lowering a lasso to secure the frightened canine, as time kept slipping by.
“And nothing was happening, and then right at the end, the dog lifted his head and the firefighter who had the lasso was able to get it around his neck,” Gilden added, “and as soon as he did, they pulled it tight and we just brought him right up!”
Rescue crews say Indy was not hurt by the rescue procedure. However, he did have bruises and cuts from the ordeal.