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Dog killed in lift accident after leash gets trapped in lift door

Published on Jan 15, 2014 2:10 PM
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A dog was killed on Wednesday morning after its leash got caught in a lift door. Its owner, a woman believed to be in her 50s, went into the lift on the ground floor of Block 621 in Bukit Batok Central at about 6.30am. The doors closed before the dog, which was on a leash, could get in.

Engineering assistant Victor Ng, who was part of the two-man Essential Maintenance Service Unit lift rescue team that was called in, posted pictures of the incident on citizen journalism website Stomp. In these pictures, a dog which looks like a golden retriever is seen hanging by its leash outside the lift doors.

"The owner was crying and looked like she was going to faint," said Mr Ng, 38, who had to rescue the woman from the trapped lift and release the dog with a lift key. He added that this is not the first time he has come across dog leashes getting caught in lift doors. "I want to let dog owners know that they should be careful to prevent such things from happening again," he said.

In October last year, close-circuit television footage posted on Stomp showed a pug on a leash nearly getting strangled after its leash was caught in the lift door. It managed to escape with the help of a passer-by who was waiting outside the lift.

VIEWER ADVISORY, GRAPHIC PICTURE: A dog was killed on Wednesday morning after its leash got caught in a lift door. Its owner, a woman believed to be in her 50s, went into the lift on the ground floor of Block 621 in Bukit Batok Central at about 6.30am. The doors closed before the dog, which was on a leash, could get in. -- PHOTO: STOMP