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Puppy gets paw stuck in escalator at LAX airport
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Puppy gets paw stuck in escalator at LAX airport

This is the horrifying moment a puppy dressed in a jogging suit got his paw stuck in an escalator grate at LAX airport.

Upsetting CCTV footage shows the pet pooch writhing in agony as his owner desperately tries to save it from being crushed.

Luckily, a quick thinking bystander pressed the emergency stop button which prevented the dog's entire paw from being swallowed up by the machine.

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This is the horrifying moment a puppy dressed in a jogging suit got his paw stuck in an escalator grate at LAX airport. Upsetting CCTV footage shows the pet pooch writhing in agony as his owner desperately tries to save it from being crushed

This is the horrifying moment a puppy dressed in a jogging suit got his paw stuck in an escalator grate at LAX airport. Upsetting CCTV footage shows the pet pooch writhing in agony as his owner desperately tries to save it from being crushed

The footage shows the dog owner standing absentmindedly reaching the top of the escalator only for things to take an awful turn when her pup gets stuck in the grate.

She tries desperately to pull the dog away from the escalator but the jogging bottoms have become caught in the machine.

A quick-thinking bystander came to the rescue pushing the emergency stop button. 

The footage shows the dog owner standing absentmindedly reaching the top of the escalator only for things to take an awful turn when her pup gets stuck in the grate

The footage shows the dog owner standing absentmindedly reaching the top of the escalator only for things to take an awful turn when her pup gets stuck in the grate

She tries desperately to pull the dog away from the escalator but the jogging bottoms have become caught in the machine

She tries desperately to pull the dog away from the escalator but the jogging bottoms have become caught in the machine

Airport officer Oscar Gatewood jumped into action with a multi-tool and managed to save the dog. Unscrewing the metal panels, he freed the dog's paw and saved it from anything more than minor damage.

Airport spokesperson Rob Pedregon said in a statement: 'Upon arrival to Terminal 4, Officer Gatewood observed a hysterical woman hopelessly in tears and desperate for assistance, and a wailing puppy whose paw was caught between the conveying steps of the escalator and the landing grate.'

Airport officer Oscar Gatewood jumped into action with a multi-tool and managed to save the dog. Unscrewing the metal panels, he freed the dog's paw and saved it from anything more than minor damage

Airport officer Oscar Gatewood jumped into action with a multi-tool and managed to save the dog. Unscrewing the metal panels, he freed the dog's paw and saved it from anything more than minor damage

Airport spokesperson said in a statement: 'Officer Gatewood's quick thinking and fast action could very well have saved the dog from a nasty fate and the possible loss of his paw,'

Airport spokesperson said in a statement: 'Officer Gatewood's quick thinking and fast action could very well have saved the dog from a nasty fate and the possible loss of his paw,'

Gatewood 'sprung into action in his best MacGyver move' to free the puppy. 

'Officer Gatewood's quick thinking and fast action could very well have saved the dog from a nasty fate and the possible loss of his paw,' said the statement.

The pet lost some claws in the accident on January 15, but was otherwise unharmed.