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Cage scare for playful Sassie

PUBLISHED: 23:15 07 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:18 03 March 2010

PLAYFUL Sassie the dog is back on top form today after she got her head stuck in a cage in a freak accident at her Ipswich home.

Distraught owner, Janice Parker, had to call the fire brigade to release the terrified boxer when she found her trapped and hanging in the specially made pet pen.

PLAYFUL Sassie the dog is back on top form today after she got her head stuck in a cage in a freak accident at her Ipswich home.

Distraught owner, Janice Parker, had to call the fire brigade to release the terrified boxer when she found her trapped and hanging in the specially made pet pen.

"Her jaws had got stuck and her teeth and nose. Her front feet weren't touching the ground and her back legs were and I could see they were starting to give way," said Mrs Parker, 44, of Pimpernel Close.

The 44-year-old had been out to work for a few hours and has no idea how long Sassie was hanging in the cage.

"She had obviously got bored or was trying to get out and got stuck. Her eyes were rolling back into her head. I tried to get her teeth out but she was yelping and couldn't breathe," said Mrs Parker.

Two-year-old Sassie came from a rescue home and can be a bit of a handful so Mrs Parker and her husband, Alastair, 48, prefer to leave her home-alone in the security of a £100 foldaway metal animal cage. They leave the large enclosure stocked up with toys and water and Sassie is usually perfectly happy there.

When she got herself in a tangle Mrs Parker didn't know where to turn for help.

"I thought I'll just dial 999, I didn't care if it wasn't an emergency, it was for me. I just wanted to get her out of there."

A crew from Princes Street fire station in Ipswich were at the scene shortly after 12.30pm yesterday and freed Sassie in a few minutes.

Mrs Parker said that they had talked about using cutting equipment to release the pet but managed to shake her free instead.

"I was shaking and I still am now but Sassie is full of beans already," added Mrs Parker.

"She won't be going in there again that's for sure."

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