Welwyn Garden City firefighters rescue dog stuck in reclining chair

PUBLISHED: 10:28 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:31 15 February 2019

Welwyn Garden City fire station

Welwyn Garden City fire station


Welwyn Garden City firefighters were called at 9.08pm last night to reports of ‘a dog stuck in a sofa’.

“We were imagining all kinds of things,” said Green Watch commander Matt Taylor.

When the fire service arrived at the address in Panshanger, they found that the dog, a female Yorkshire terrier, had got stuck in the mechanism of a reclining chair.

“The family had tried to coax her out but she went the wrong way and got stuck between the mechanism and the frame,” explained commander Taylor.

“They had tried to get her out but without any luck, so they called the fire brigade.”

Thankfully the dog herself was largely unfazed by the situation.

“The dog wasn’t making a single noise,” said commander Taylor. “She just sat there looking a bit confused, asking herself why she was stuck in a chair.”

After a bit of head-scratching the firefighters figured out how to release the puzzled pooch.

They reasoned that if the dog can get in, it could definitely get out, said commander Taylor.

“We worked out if you close the reclining mechanism it makes the space behind it even bigger so we pushed the footrest back and the dog slipped out,” he said.

The entire operation lasted about five minutes, before the dog was released with no injuries back into the arms of her grateful owners.

Last night Hertfordshire’s hardworking fire service also attended calls to a car fire, an elderly lady locked out of her property, and two calls to help the ambulance service access patients.

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