A DISTRESSED dog had to be rescued from a bath tub by the RSPCA after getting its paw stuck in the plughole.
Carly Jarvis was at her mum’s house in Wheata Road, Parson Cross, giving tiny pooch Emma a bath when the Yorkshire terrier accidently knocked the plug out, getting her long nail caught in the process.
Emma, who along with her sister Bonnie was rescued just last week by Carly, was stuck in the tub for over half an hour before husband Paul and RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley managed to kick the panels off the bath to access the plughole from underneath.
They were able to lift Emma out - although the plug was still stuck on to her foot.
After dashing the distressed dog to the vet, which was closed, Paul, 39, decided to carefully cut the plughole off himself using tin snips.
Carly, 30, said: “I’ve never known anything this bizarre.
“Emma just slid down the bath but we didn’t realise she had knocked the plug out. Then I saw the water start to drain so we got a towel to lift her out and heard her yelp.”
Carly, who has already rescued over 30 dogs, said she had rescued Emma and Bonnie for her mum, Christine.
“I got them because their owner had died and they would have been put down otherwise,” she said.
“We gave them a few days to settle in and then thought we give them a bath and give them a trim, and that’s when it happened.”
Carly said she phoned the non-emergency police number before calling the RSPCA.
“I just panicked and the dog was getting more and more distressed,” she said.
“The dog started snapping at Paul and Bonnie was getting upset because she knew her sister was in pain.
“When Jennie from the RSPCA arrived said she had never seen anything like it either.”
After being set free, Emma, who is 12, had her toe nails cut to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again in the future.
She is now back at home completing her recovery.
RSPCA inspector Jennie added: “There was a happy ending but this is one of the more unusual rescues I’ve had.”