The rescued dog has been named 'Sinker' Credit: Facebook/Burke County Search And Rescue

Here’s your dose of happy news for the day.

According to Burke County Search And Rescue, a group of mountain bikers on Sunday were on the North Carolina trail when they spotted the dog. They were riding the Sinkhole Trail at Pisgah National Forest, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Asheville.

The bikers immediately called for help and brought the rescuers to the stranded animal. The rescuers then went inside the sinkhole and enticed the starving and dehydrated animal a salty snack. After that, they used a harness to bring the dog to safety.

The rescuers posted about the operation on their Facebook page.

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The rescuers claimed that the animal was not injured, but was starving and dehydrated from many days.

He was taken to Burke County Animal Services for an examination, where for now he has been named ‘Sinker’. Officials said that he did not have a collar or a microchip, and if owners are not found, he could be placed for adoption.

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