Clarence House have denied that Kate Middleton and Prince William's dog, Lupo, was the animal responsible for emergency services being called to the Middleton family home in Berkshire on Friday.
The royal household confirmed that Lupo, a black cocker spaniel, did not get his head trapped in a gate, which resulted in an animal rescue team arriving at the Middleton's £4.85million Georgian home.
Greg Blatchford, a photographer who had been waiting to see pregnant Kate make her way from Berkshire to London for the birth of the royal baby, told reporters that he had heard someone calling a named which sounded like 'Lupo'.
"Soon after I heard a high-pitched scream which sounded like a dog is distress," he said. "I presume that was when they were pulling the poor animal out from between the bars of the gate."
The dog in question was freed before the 999 response vehicle was required.
"We were called to an animal rescue," said a spokesman for the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. "The special unit from Reading was dispatched along with an appliance from the nearest station, Newbury.
"Our crew got to the manor," the spokesman added. "But were told as they arrived at the gates that the dog, which had got its head stuck, had been freed just a few moments earlier so their services were not needed.
"The animal rescue unit was stood down before it reached Bucklebury and the appliance returned home."
Lupo has been the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's dog since December 2011 when he was born to the Middleton's family dog, Ella.
The couple have showered Lupo with affection and have been spotted walking him in Hyde Park and took him to a polo match in Ascot last year.
It is believed that Lupo is being looked after by Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton while she now waits at Kensington Palace in the days before she gives birth.
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