Devon dog owner calls 999 after Labrador gets head stuck in cat flap

It’s a dog flap! Luis the Labrador cross gets his head stuck in a cat flap after smashing through the front door

  • Phil Michell, of Brampton, Devon, called fire service when Luis, 2, got head stuck
  • Luis rammed head through flap at Mr Michell’s bungalow, pulling it off the door
  • Mr Michell, 57, said plastic flap jammed so tight that he could not pull Luis free 

A panicked dog owner dialled 999 when his pet labrador got a cat flap stuck around his neck after ramming his head through it. 

Phil Michell, 57, from Brampton, Devon, felt he had no option but to phone the emergency services for help after Luis, 2, got his head stuck in the cat flap at his bungalow, pulling it off the door. 

He said the plastic flap was jammed around Labrador cross Luis’ neck so tight that he couldn’t yank his pet free.

A panicked dog owner dialled 999 when his pet labrador got a cat flap stuck around his neck after ramming his head through it.

He had no choice but to dial 999 and a firefighter used a saw to remove the plastic sleeve.

Mr Michell said: ‘We had a visitor from the council and we were standing in the porch talking.

‘Next thing we knew, we looked down and saw Luis poking his head through the flap. 


Members of the fire service arrived to remove the flap from Luis’s neck. Phil lives just down the road from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service depot in Brampton and a fireman cut Luis free

‘We carried on talking when he must have put his head through too far. He tore the cat flap off the door completely trying to get out of it.

‘We tried to help him get it off but there was no way. It was jammed right on.

‘I didn’t know what else to do so I dialled 999 and asked for the fire service.’ 

The door where Luis got his head stuck after smashing his head through the cat flap

Mr Michell lives just down the road from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service depot in Brampton, which dispatched a firefighter on foot to Phil’s house.

Once on the scene the fireman was able to cut two-year-old Luis free using a saw.

Ironically, Mr Michell does not even own a cat – the flap was installed by a previous occupant of his bungalow.

The cat flap where Luis the labrador got his head stuck at owner Mr Michell’s Devon home 

Ironically, Mr Michell does not even own a cat – the flap was installed by a previous occupant of his bungalow

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