Puppy survives wire impaling

IT is normally cats which have nine lives, but puppy Ben showed that canines can also have a little bit of luck when it comes to a close scrape.

IT is normally cats which have nine lives, but puppy Ben showed that canines can also have a little bit of luck when it comes to a close scrape.

The seven-month-old dog managed to impale himself on a piece of wire fencing, and was a centimetre away from rupturing a main artery and bleeding to death.

Owner Sarah Mousley, of Motum Road, North Earlham, told how she and her partner, Jamie Sherratt, were first alerted to the accident after hearing the family pet howl in pain at about 4.30pm on Friday, May 8.

Miss Mousley, 30, said: “Ben keeps on jumping over into the next door neighbour's garden and as he jumped back this time he caught himself on the fence and he was left hanging upside down.


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“My partner Jamie went out to have a look at him because we heard this noise like you wouldn't imagine - a terrible noise.”

The couple were unable to free the injured dog and in desperation called the fire and rescue service.

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Firefighters managed to cut the fence and rescue Ben, and an RSPCA inspector was also called out.

Miss Mousley, who said her son Callum, six, and daughter Hollie, eight, adore Ben, said the inspector was brilliant and helped to get the seriously injured pet to a vet.

She said: “Our vet was about to close but she rang and made it perfectly clear he needed an emergency operation.

“They sedated him straight away and operated, giving him stitches and staples.

“The wound was so big that when it was open you could have fitted a fist in it.

“They told us that if it had been a centimetre more then he would have ruptured an artery and bled to death on the fence.”

Now the family are hoping that the “mischievous” pooch will manage to stay out of trouble.

“He's a family pet but he's really taken to my daughter and little boy,” said Miss Mousley. “To have had him taken away from them would have been awful.”

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