Firefighters free dog from recliner

April 26, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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NAPERVILLE, Fla., April 26 (UPI) -- Suburban Chicago firefighters said they used a power saw to free a Jack Russell terrier from beneath the footrest of an electric-powered recliner.

Ken Makris, a resident of the Sunrise of Naperville Senior Living center, said his 5-year-old dog, Ebonyzer, became trapped Friday between the footrest and the rest of the chair when he was returning the seat to the upright position, the Naperville Sun reported Monday.

Naperville firefighters responded and initially attempted to free the dog from the jammed chair using the Jaws of Life, a device normally reserved for freeing people from wrecked automobiles, but they were unsuccessful.

The firefighters said they were able to cut through the wooden frame of the chair using a power saw, giving Ebonyzer room to wiggle free.

Makris said the dog was taken to a veterinarian and is now receiving medication for muscle damage to its right leg and hindquarter. Ebonyzer is expected to make a full recovery, the owner said.

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