DH, our kids and I went out Saturday. We have a beagle mix(I think he is taller than a pure beagle and as skinny as any whippet I have seen). We have a 6 foot x 12 foot kennel-run in the basement. He managed to get out of it, jumped on the door at the top of the steps and managed to lock it! LOL.
We have small screwdrivers that can be used in the hole that is the emergancy release.