Saturday 24 March 2018

Electric chair ordeal for Cagney the Lhasa Apso

Cagney the Lhasa Apso got stuck in a reclining electric chair and then had to be rescued by firefighters (RSPCA/PA)
Cagney the Lhasa Apso got stuck in a reclining electric chair and then had to be rescued by firefighters (RSPCA/PA)

A dog found herself in a precarious position after she got stuck in her owner's electric reclining armchair.

Little Cagney - a seven-year-old female Lhasa Apso - was stuck for an hour with only her legs visible before being rescued by firefighters.

Cagney's owner, Lyn Kirkwood, said she only realised her pet had gone missing after noticing that she had failed to bark when her husband's carer arrived.

After searching the rooms in her home in Salford, Greater Manchester, she saw Cagney's legs sticking out from the furniture.

She said: "It was horrendous. My husband's carer came round and she usually barks, but she was quiet.

"I looked in all the rooms and couldn't find her anywhere, then all of a sudden I heard a whimper and we found her stuck in the chair."

Mrs Kirkwood added: "We had three firefighters with tools trying to get her out. When they freed her she just walked off as if nothing had happened."

RSPCA animal welfare officer David Hatton said Cagney had managed to get herself "well and truly" wedged in the chair.

He said: "She was stuck head first in the mechanism, with just her back legs sticking out.

"The fire service were brilliant. They were able to dismantle the metal frame until she could free herself. It was a careful process, but luckily we were able to get her out uninjured. It was definitely a first for us though!"

Following the rescue an unfazed Cagney simply wandered off for a drink before being reunited with her owner.

Eccles Fire Station watch manager Dave Minto, who led the rescue, said: "Cagney had been stuck in that position for an hour.

"The dog was quite distressed when we arrived, but when she saw the crew Cagney quietened down and just sat there in total silence.

"We isolated the electric supply to the chair and took the mechanism apart - freeing Cagney after about half an hour."

Cagney has since made a full recovery from her ordeal.

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