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Thursday, March 22, 2012

I'm dog-tyred! The inquisitive terrier who got stuck in a spare wheel and had to be freed by firemen

By Rob Cooper

As dog collars go, this one takes some beating.

Inquisitive terrier Tinks got her tiny head well and truly stuck when she poked it through the axle hole of a car's spare wheel.

But she was unable to pull it free and as she tensed the massive collar became wedged on even more tightly.

Firefighters were called to help the eight-year-old dog but ended up taking her and the tyre to a vet where she could be calmed and sedated before it was removed.

Tyre-d out: Tinks jammed her head in this spare tyre and had to be removed by vets after being unable to wriggle free

Tinks had been running around a stable yard when her inquisitiveness got the better of her normally sensible self.

She looked through the hole in the middle of the wheel and pushed forward until she was wedged tight.

Fire brigade animal rescue specialist Colin Horwood tried to help Tinks escape by wriggling her back out through the wheel’s centre but because the stressed out dog kept tensing up during the procedure she could not be released.

It was only after Tinks was rushed to a nearby vets and sedated that she became relaxed enough to be removed from the tyre.

'I am pleased to say that Tinks has made a full recovery from her ordeal which lasted an hour and a half,' said Watch Manager Horwood.

'Her owner has now disposed of the spare tyre to reduce the risk of this happening again.'

The drama unfolded as Tinks played in the stable yard in Church Crookham, Fleet, Hampshire.

She was then taken to St Kitts Veterinary Surgery in nearby Hartley Wintney where she was released.

Mr Horwood said that animals, whether small or large, are potentially dangerous when they are trapped or in distress, and that specialists should be called to the rescue when needed.

'Our team of four Animal Rescue Specialists respond to a variety of incidents across the county which involve animals ranging from large farm animals, wild animals and domestic pets,' said Mr Horwood.

'Our role is not solely responding to incidents, we are also heavily involved in education and the development of new rescue techniques, as well as promoting animal welfare.

'Our dedicated team also shares best practice by training personnel from other fire and rescue services.'



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