WATCH: Panicked Toronto owner tries to save choking dog hung up in elevator

Owner thought dog was going to die

It's a pet owners nightmare.

Your animal struggles to survive as you watch on helplessly.

That happened to 25 year-old Ryerson University student Tamara Seibert earlier this month when her 5 year-old Rottweiler Vado got hung up in the elevator of her Toronto condo.


The 110 pound dog walked into the elevator with his owner March 2nd going down to the parking garage and his leash got caught in the elevator doors. When the elevator started to go down, the dog was lifted towards the ceiling as his panicked owner furiously tried to stop the elevator.

When that didn't work she held on to the dog and tried to get the Vado out of his collar and in the struggle she broke two of her fingers.

She believes part of the reason her dog lived was because his leash broke. When that happened he fell to floor just as the doors to the elevator opened in the parking garage.

Seibert has posted the surveillance video from the incident to her Facebook page as a way to warn others to be careful with pets in elevators.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/27/2014 09:02 AM
    Geez....thank goodness everything turned out ok. That was gut-wrenching....
  2. jd posted on 03/27/2014 09:10 AM
    Terrible to watch but this is not about elevator safety. This is about owner responsibility. She should have been HOLDING the leash - that's what it's there for.
    1. Townie posted on 03/27/2014 09:43 AM
      @jd Exactly. If she's that careless with the "love of her life's" leash, I shudder to think what chance her other dog has? At least his leash was being held this time, but what about the next time?
  3. Townie posted on 03/27/2014 09:45 AM
    "She believes part of the reason her dog lived was because his leash broke."

    Ya think? She's a regular Sherlock Holmes. I'm just curious as to what she feels the "other part" is? Divine intervention?
  4. Bill posted on 03/27/2014 10:26 AM
    That is a hysterically funny video.
    1. John posted on 03/28/2014 11:18 AM
      @Bill There is nothing funny about that video. If you find the sight of a beloved animal being inadvertently strangled you should probably seek psychological attention...

      Glad the pooch is ok.
  5. john posted on 03/27/2014 10:39 AM
    glade the dog is okey thx god . i cant imagine what was going toughs that girls mine as that took place .
  6. evelyn Knowles posted on 03/27/2014 06:42 PM
    thank goodness it had a happy ending. Thank you for sharing, I don't know how many times I see the same thing, entering the elevator with the leash on the ground and have never ever thought something like this could happen. I am educated now and have shared your experience with my friends.
  7. don was right posted on 03/27/2014 08:18 PM
    woman should be charged with animal cruelty. and the bog should be sent off to live with teh Ikea monkey.
    1. john posted on 03/28/2014 11:19 AM
      @don was right theres one problum with that . monkeys and dogs dont realy get along ones a meat eater and the other one is a plaint eater . thay dont like etcher to well .
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