Little Roxy’s tail of woe – Hartlepool firefighters save puppy who got head stuck in fence

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FIREFIGHTERS came to the rescue of this adorable six-week-old pup after the little pooch got her head stuck in some mesh fencing.

Shocked owner Katie Thorpe, 19, discovered Roxy the Rottweiler pup distressed after she somehow managed to get her head stuck through the tiny hole in the fencing.

Katie’s dad, Philip, 54, desperately tried to cut the fence to release the anguished pup, to no avail.

The cabbie then called 999, but instead of letting the firefighters come to the house in Welldeck Road, Hartlepool, insisted he took Roxy to the fire station where firefighters were waiting with equipment to set the pup free.

“It was such a relief when they managed to cut her free,” said Katie, who lives in Stephen Street, in the town, but helps her dad look after the pup at his home in Welldeck Road.

“The firefighters were absolutely brilliant, I can’t thank them enough.”

Katie had gone to check on Roxy and other pups in the back yard just after lunchtime on Thursday when she found Roxy had somehow managed to get her head through the small hole.

She rang her dad who was out at work but rushed back.

“Katie rang me and she was just screaming down the phone telling me I had to come home quickly,” said Philip, who is married to Tina, 46, a cleaner at High Tunstall College of Science.

“I rushed home, but none of my tools could cut the fence. I rang 999, but I didn’t want the firefighters to spend taxpayers’ money coming to us so I said I would take her down to them.”

Philip, also a dad of 18-year-old William, has bred Rottweilers for the last 25 years.

“I’ve had hundreds of puppies over the years but I think it’s fair to say I’ve never had anything like this happen before,” said Philip, who has been a taxi driver in the town for the last 30 years.

“Luckily she’s absolutely fine, I’m just so grateful to the firefighters, they were brilliant.”

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesman said: “It’s definitely one of the more unusual sights we have seen at the station.

“The pup was very distressed.

“The fence needed bolt-cropping, it only took about 10 minutes.”




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