The central state government of Puebla responded to emotional requests from animal lovers on Thursday to try and save the two dogs, who are trapped on a ledge on the steep walls of the hole falling 15 meters (50 feet) into the l ‘water.
“Responsibly, the rescue of Spay and Spike, who fell into the abyss of Santa María Zacatepec, is being analyzed,” the state government said in a statement. “Despite the risky conditions and taking all precautions, the dogs were fed. “
The sinkhole is now over 400 feet (125 meters) in diameter in some places and may be 150 meters deep (45 meters) at its deepest point. It’s hard to tell, as the water fills the crater.
The Mexican government sent soldiers to keep people 2,000 feet (600 meters) from the edge of the hole, which is 50 feet (15 meters) deep.
“It’s a very difficult time for us. It hurts, because that’s all we have, ”said Magdalena Xalamigua Xopillacle, whose brick and cinder block house was slowly collapsing into the abyss. “Sometimes we feel sick because of so much sadness. “
Some residents believe the sinkhole is the result of excessive groundwater extraction by factories or a water bottling plant in the area. But the bottom of the hole is filled with water that appears to have strong currents, and the National Civil Defense Office said experts believe it was caused by something like an underground river.
“It is highly likely that the origin is associated with the presence of groundwater flow,” the office said.
Puebla governor Miguel Barbosa said experts were looking at both possibilities and if water extraction was involved he would cancel any permits.
Citing a risk of further fractures in the ground, the office warned people to stay away from the site in Zacatepec town, in Puebla state, east of Mexico City.
“This is not a tourist attraction or a place to visit with your family,” the office said Wednesday.
Authorities put up metal barriers and police bands to prevent onlookers from entering, and restricted drones flying overhead.