Curious puppy gets head stuck in wall

Lexi, the cocker spaniel who got her head stuck in a wall. Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Lexi, the cocker spaniel who got her head stuck in a wall. Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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This curious puppy had to be rescued by firefighters after getting her head wedged in a wall.

Eight-month-old cocker spaniel Lexi put her head through a hole in a wall in Portchester while out for a walk yesterday.

But getting her head out of the gap proved to be more difficult than it was going in.

The dog’s owner, Vicky Lovelock, called for help from the fire service at around 10am.

She said: ‘I was walking Lexi and she was on a lead.

‘She must have smelt or seen something which drew her attention enough to poke her head through a wall.

‘Some of the local neighbours came out to help, and we rubbed baby oil on her neck to see if we could get Lexi out but she wouldn’t budge, which is when I called for help.’

Anton Phillips, an animal rescue specialist from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, was sent to the scene in White Hart Lane.

He said: ‘I gave advice to Vicky while en-route to keep Vicky and Lexi safe

‘It’s important in this type of incident to keep the trapped animal as quiet as possible to give it the best possible chance.

‘On arrival I asked Vicky to hold the dog firmly while I released Lexi using a hammer and chisel, gently using the chisel to crack the wall.

‘Lexi was released unharmed.’