Missing Gertie was heard crying through the garage wall (Picture: SWNS)

Firefighters were dramatically forced to smash through a garage after a dog went missing and was heard crying through the wall.

Poor Gertie had vanished five days before, and worried owners Connie Frick and Lynn Herman feared the worst.

Gertie went missing from her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA last Tuesday.

But one day a neighbour heard cries from behind their garage wall, and managed to spy the terrier through a hole in the floorboards of the room above.

She had fallen down a gap behind the garage, and was wedged between it and a wall.

Cincinnati Fire Department was called on Sunday and firefighter Jenny Adkins was forced to smash through the wall.

A video, filmed by fire apparatus operator Daniel Meyer, showed how Jenny cut a hole in the concrete block wall with saws and a sledgehammer.

Jenny Adkins of the Cincinnati Fire Department managed to free poor Gertie (Picture: SWNS)
She had to smash through the wall with a sledgehammer (Picture: SWNS)
Gertie ran straight over to her elated owners after being freed (Picture: SWNS)

Jenny was able to reach in and pull the dog to safety after about 10 minutes.

As soon as she escaped, Gertie ran straight over to her elated owners.

The dog initially escaped when Lynn was coming through the front door, and was thought to have run off into the woods.

But it is now believed that Gertie fell down a hole in the roof of the garage, and had actually been stuck there for the entire time she’d been missing.

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