Crews with the Los Angeles County Fire Department rescued a dog Wednesday that fell into a 15-20 foot deep hole in the backyard of a home in the Willowbrook area.

The 15-year-old German Shepard mix named Maya tumbled an estimated 15 feet down a septic tank hole behind the home, near 137th Street and Stanford Avenue.

“It’s an empty septic tank that’s been vacant for many, many years,” said Cpt. Wade Kelsey, with L.A. County Fire. “It was covered with a piece of plywood.”

The fire department’s urban search and rescue team got the call about Maya just before 4 p.m., and for several hours, they worked to excavate the pooch, pulling her through a crawl space under the house.

“Our urban search and rescue team trains every day for this sort of call,” Cpt. Kelsey said. “They have a bunch of specialized equipment, and they were able to put it to good use and save the dog’s life.”

According to Alex Munoz and his wife, Alex Alfaro, who have owned Maya since she was a puppy, it was their other dog that alerted them to her being trapped.

“Suddenly, my other, younger dog was looking at the dirt, at the foundation of the house,” Alfaro said, “And he didn’t know why she was barking. Then he realizes that Maya was missing, and he discovered that she had fallen into the hole.”

Firefighters were eventually able to pull the animal from the sinkhole, where a video tweeted by the fire department showed Maya wagging her tail, being a good girl and doing just fine after the entire ordeal.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story stated the sinkhole was 50 feet deep and reported that that the home was in the Compton area.