Olli's fraught gate adventure

02:49, Jun 13 2012
Barbara Lake and Olli
FEELING FREE: Barbara Lake with her 10-year-old miniature schnauzer Olli, who needed to be rescued by the Cromwell fire rigade yesterday after getting stuck in a gate.

A morning adventure turned into a doggy dilemma for a miniature schnauzer in Cromwell yesterday after he became trapped in a wrought-iron gate and needed to be rescued by the Cromwell fire brigade.

The brigade was called to a Monaghan St house just after 10am after a concerned neighbour raised the alarm about the trapped schnauzer, named Olli.

The neighbour had been unloading wood when Olli began yelping for help.

Olli had wriggled his head into the gate, then could not move.

After trying to free him with a car jack, a crowbar and an attempt to saw one of the bars off, the neighbour decided it was time to call the fire brigade.

"He wasn't as skinny as they thought he was," she said.


Cromwell station manager John Searle said the brigade needed to use spreaders to free Olli from the gate.

Olli had been slightly upset but was happy when he was released from the bars, Mr Searle said.

Olli did not know the neighbour or the firefighters, but he did not growl or snap when they were helping him out of his tight spot.

Olli's owner, Barbara Lake, of Bannockburn, said it wasn't the first time 10-year-old Olli had got himself trapped.

When he was 3 months old he had tried to escape from a kennel and got his head stuck in a fence, Ms Lake said.

Olli had been at her father's house in Cromwell when he became trapped.

Ms Lake said something on the other side of the fence would have caught his eye and led him to wander.

"I think he's learned his lesson," she said.