Jack Russell terrier found wedged between fence railings in Danson Park

PUBLISHED: 10:15 01 August 2017

Poppy was eventually reuinted with her owner

Poppy was eventually reuinted with her owner


Poppy was spotted by a member of the public last Thursday

A dog which escaped from her home was found wedged between fence railings in Danson Park last week.

Little long-haired Jack Russell terrier Poppy was found stuck in the metal fence in the Bexleyheath park on Thursday lunchtime by a member of the public.

Initially, it was thought the pooch was a stray and the RSPCA were called to help free the stricken canine.

Animal collection officer (ACO) Kirstie Gillard rushed to help Poppy along with fire crews.

She said: “She must have been running at some speed as her head and her two front legs were both through the gap with her body wedged between the two metal railings around her tummy.

“I don’t know how she did it, there was no give in those bars.

“She was quite nervous and probably very uncomfortable so we set to work right away carefully trying to free her.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Kent Fire & Rescue Service for helping us release Poppy.”

They stretched the bars to release her before pushing them back into their original shape.

Once free, the dog was taken to a nearby vet for a check-up and they soon discovered that Poppy had actually escaped from the garden of her home half a mile away.

The five-year-old terrier’s owner, Julia Clifford, said: “It was actually a Godsend that she got stuck in that fence because it could well have saved her life.

“I was so relieved that she was home, safe and sound, and hadn’t run into the road or been hit by a car.”

The cheeky mutt had escaped from the garden after builders working on an extension removed the fence panels and replaced them with a makeshift barrier which she soon managed to squeeze through.

“I’m so pleased little Poppy wasn’t hurt and we were able to release her from her pickle and get her back home where she belongs,” ACO Gillard added.

“She certainly had quite an adventure so I’m glad to hear she’s off to have a hair cut and enjoy some pampering this week - and I hope she stays out of trouble.”

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