Puppy's armchair rescue drama

A MISCHIEVOUS puppy caused a major alert when she had to be freed by firefighters after getting stuck fast in an armchair.

Jo Thewlis

A MISCHIEVOUS puppy caused a major alert when she had to be freed by firefighters after getting stuck fast in an armchair.

Roxy, a 12-week-old West Highland puppy, managed to get her head stuck in the mechanism of a reclining chair at about 9.50pm on Friday.

Roxy's owner, Teresa McGrath, of Kingsmead Close, Stowmarket, was just about to go to bed when she heard yelping and realised something was wrong.


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She said: “She was making these horrendous screeching and crying noises. I tried to push her back but she couldn't get out.

“She was stuck fast and there was absolutely nothing we could do.”

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Teresa, 45, and her daughter, Jessica Chaplin, nine, struggled for 20 minutes to free the puppy but were forced to call the fire service when the tiny dog went limp and started choking.

“I just had to call the fire brigade,” Teresa said. “It sounded like such a silly thing to say.

“I was worried they might have a real emergency to go to but I had no other choice.”

Within minutes, six firefighters had arrived at the house and attempted to free the playful pooch.

The men battled for 20 minutes to rescue the stricken dog but were eventually forced to prise the leather armchair apart.

“It was getting dangerous. She was being strangled,” Teresa said.

“We were so grateful to the firemen, we never thought we would get her out.”

But within minutes of being freed, Roxy was running around and playing with the family's other dog, Marley.

“She didn't realise what all the fuss was about,” Teresa said. “She will definitely get herself in trouble again.”

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