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Labrador gets stuck in Southsea shop window

STUCK Bella trapped in the shop window of Bellamys in Albert Road, Southsea, and inset, Luke Querstret

STUCK Bella trapped in the shop window of Bellamys in Albert Road, Southsea, and inset, Luke Querstret

 

GOLDEN labrador Bella is used to attracting the attention of passers-by when she sits outside her owner’s antique shop in the summer.

But the seven-year-old dog was turning heads for another reason when she got stuck between a piece of furniture and the shop’s glass window at Bellamys, in Albert Road, Southsea.

She lives upstairs with owner Debbie Parker and somehow made her way down to the shop, where she wandered over to the window and got trapped.

Bella was there for more than an hour before one of Debbie’s neighbours came to coax her out of the spot at about 9.30pm on Saturday.

Debbie’s close friend Brian Stevens, 70, from Southsea, said: ‘It was the fireworks, they totally spooked Bella.

‘She was okay when she got out though – she went upstairs again and watched telly.’

Debbie was in Southampton at the time visiting one of her daughters who had just got out of hospital after having a hip replacement.

Mr Stevens added: ‘Debbie was very upset when she found out what happened.

‘She was concerned that it might affect Bella but Bella’s fine, she’s back to her usual self already.’

Bella was spotted in the window by a member of the public who alerted a voluntary police officer on beat patrol in the area, special Luke Querstret.

Mr Querstret managed to get hold of another of Debbie’s daughters who then organised for her neighbour to go downstairs.

He said: ‘I waited with the dog for about an hour and during that time she was attracting quite a bit of attention.

‘Lots of people were saying they thought she was a stuffed dog at first but when they realised she was real, there was a lot for sympathy for her.

‘I was delighted when she was reunited with her owner.’

 

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