AHS seeks home for blind rescued dog 'Sinkhole Sam'

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Humane Society is looking for a home for a blind dog rescued from a sinkhole.

Last March, some neighborhood children heard a dog crying for help from the bottom of a 20-foot sinkhole. With help from the Phoenix Fire Department, the Arizona Humane Society's Emergency Animal Medical Technician™ was able to rescue the 4-year-old Australian shepherd/Chow mix, affectionately named Sinkhole Sam.

AHS spokeswoman Kimberly Searles said Sam was not seriously injured in the fall, but veterinarians did realize that he was blind, which explains how he ended up in the sinkhole. He was also diagnosed him with glaucoma.

Due to the pressure from the glaucoma, a doctor removed Sam's eyes to reduce serious problems down the road.

Searles said Sinkhole Sam has spent several weeks recovering in foster care and is feeling happy and healthy.

AHS employees were not able to find the dog's owner and are now looking for a home for him.

"Sam is a resilient dog who has persevered through a tough couple of months," Searles said. "His sweet personality has won the hearts of our staff and we just know he’s going to make a great pet for someone."

Sam will be available for adoption beginning at 11 a.m. Friday at the Sunnyslope Facility, 9226 N. 13th Ave. His adoption fee is $110 and includes his neuter surgery, first set of vaccinations, leash, collar, and ID tag and a free follow-up veterinary exam.