An inquisitive puppy had to be rescued by firefighters after getting trapped in a reclining sofa.

Joy, a Shih Tzu, crawled underneath the recliner part of the sofa at her home in St Helens on Saturday evening.

Joy's owners called 999 after spending almost 45 minutes trying to get her out themselves.

Firefighters quickly arrived at Joy's home and set about dismantling the reclining mechanism to free the dog.

Credit: Merseyside Fire and Rescue

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Keith Williams said: "Joy's long hair was very tightly entangled in the long screw part of the mechanism.

"It was a slow process as every time we unscrewed something or made a cut in the metal, the puppy yelped loudly, making it very stressful for everyone."

Joy was finally released from the seat and taken to the vets with the mechanism from the chair still attached.

Joy had to be shaved on her back to remove the reclining mechanism. Credit: Merseyside Fire and Rescue

Mr Williams added: "The vet sedated her and managed to shave around the attached mechanism to remove it. He then carried out two x-rays to check everything was ok.

"It all ended well with Joy getting the all clear – apart from a bruise and a new bald patch. Joy’s owners were really grateful for our help – we’re glad to hear she’s happy and recovering at home."