Fire crews rescue puppy trapped in reclining sofa

By Eleanor Barlow, PA

An inquisitive puppy had to be rescued by firefighters after getting trapped in a reclining sofa.

Ten-week-old Shih Tzu Joy crawled underneath the sofa at her home in St Helens, Merseyside, on Saturday evening.

After spending 45 minutes trying to free their pet, Joy’s owners called emergency services.

A crew was quickly on the scene and firefighters worked to dismantle the reclining mechanism and free the petrified puppy.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Keith Williams said: “Joy’s long hair was very tightly entangled in the long screw part of the mechanism.

“It was a slow process as every time we unscrewed something or made a cut in the metal, the puppy yelped loudly, making it very stressful for everyone.”

Joy was finally released from the seat and taken to the vets with the mechanism from the chair still attached.

Mr Williams said: “The vet sedated her and managed to shave around the attached mechanism to remove it. He then carried out two X-rays to check everything was OK.

“It all ended well with Joy getting the all clear – apart from a bruise and a new bald patch.

“Joy’s owners were really grateful for our help – we’re glad to hear she’s happy and recovering at home.”