Dog rescued after head stuck in wall

A CONCRETE wall had to be chiselled away by firefighters to release a hapless dog who had got her head stuck.Poppy, a six-month-old Collie cross dog, managed to get her head stuck in the decorative wall while playing in her owner's garden.

A CONCRETE wall had to be chiselled away by firefighters to release a hapless dog who had got her head stuck.

Poppy, a six-month-old Collie cross dog, managed to get her head stuck in the decorative wall while playing in her owner's garden.

She was eventually freed after an hour-and-a-half when firefighters from Ipswich chiselled away at the brickwork.

The drama unfolded shortly after 1pm yesterday as Poppy enjoyed the sunrays in the back garden of her home in Sandpiper Road, Ipswich.

Hollie Balaam was tending to her three daughters, Layla, four, Milli, three, and Sophie, one, when she heard the familiar yelping sound of her pet dog.

Thinking the sprightly pooch wanted to come inside, Miss Balaam opened the backdoor only to find Poppy lying on the concrete with her head firmly clamped in a small gap of the garden wall.

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“Usually she whines to be let in. As we opened the back door she was just lying there with her head stuck,” she said.

“We used Vaseline, washing up liquid and oil but her head was right the way through the other side of the wall. We phoned the vet to come out but we had to call out the fire brigade so they could cut her loose.

“They tried to cut the wall with an electric saw but that just wore the blade down. In the end, they had to chisel it away. The vet gave her a couple of injections to sedate her.”

Despite her ordeal, Poppy managed to escape relatively unscathed, apart from a bit of swelling on her neck and a few scratches here and there.

“She was still waggling her tail when she could hear Layla's voice. She's a little bit dazed from the sedation,” she said.

“She's a very playful dog. I can't understand why she put her head through it, perhaps she saw a bird.”

Hollie's partner Daniel Logan has ensured the family pet will not be able to get into any further strife in the garden by securing a wooden panel over the wall.

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