Sonny’s tale of rescue after fire crews free him from Sheffield pub pool table

Sonny the Springer with owner Paddy Moloney, after he'd got his head caught in the pool table at the White Hart pub

Sonny the Springer with owner Paddy Moloney, after he'd got his head caught in the pool table at the White Hart pub

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Curious springer spaniel Sonny had to be rescued by firefighters - after getting his head stuck in a Sheffield pub’s pool table.

The hound was left neck-deep inside the table, at the White Hart pub on St Philip’s Road, Netherthorpe, after sniffing around near a recess underneath.

Staff tried all they could to free him but to no avail - and in desperation they were forced to call in a crew from Central station to help at around 1.45am on Saturday.

“We were just closing up when one of the bar staff said Sonny was stuck in the table,” said the dog’s owner, landlord Paddy Maloney.

“Somebody’s always having a joke in this place so I went to have a look and it was true.

“We tried all sorts to get him out apart from taking a hatchet out, so the only thing I could think of was phoning the fire service and they were absolutely brilliant.

“Once Sonny heard all the different voices he went into a bit of a panic.

“I held his ears back and a fireman twisted his head around so he could get out.”

Firefighters spent around half an hour on the rescue mission.

Lucky Sonny was completely unscathed by the experience.

Paddy, who took Sonny in as a rescue dog four years ago, said: “He came out, ran around licking everyone and ran out of the back door for a wee.”

A spokesman for the fire crew said the incident was one of the more unusual ones he had seen.

He added: “The dog had put its head up underneath the table into a hole to access the inside and it had managed to get its head stuck. It was a bit of a strange one.

“Animals do get themselves in strange places but this was particularly unusual.”

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