FIRE crews from Philips Park, Manchester Central and the
Heywood-based Inshore Rescue Boat team attended an incident shortly
after 10pm last night (Monday, October 31) following reports of a
dog trapped in a canal lock.
On arrival at the scene at the Rochdale Canal, near Ten Acres
Lane, Newton Heath, crews identified an Alsatian-type dog -
approximately two years old - trapped between the lock wall and a
Having assessed the situation, firefighters equipped with
wetsuits entered the water and, using specialist cutting equipment,
removed segments of the ladder, freeing the dog.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager, Andy
Casey, said: "We were told that the dog had been in the water -
which was about six foot deep - for up to two hours. It appeared
well-wedged between the lock wall and the ladder.
"The Inshore Rescue team entered the water and using cutting
gear and lines cut him free and carried him onto the bank to
"All in all, when we handed him over to the RSPCA he was in
pretty good shape given his ordeal."
The dog is currently recovering in the care of the RSPCA.