Firefighters helped free a puppy that got his head stuck in a wheel rim in Bakersfield.
The dog was playing with his brothers and sisters on the patio when his head became stuck, according to Megan Beeler, who claimed to be the puppy’s owner in a post on the fire station’s Facebook page.
The funny photos of the rescue helped the puppy go viral, but it’s also how the rescuers freed him that is making headlines.
“We put some vegetable oil on the dog’s neck area and a couple guys, one guy held the tire, another guy held the skin and the ears back, and I pushed his head back through the rim,” said James Dowell, one of the Kern County fire fighters who helped in the pup’s rescue.
“We thought at first we were going to have to cut the rim with some hydraulic tools but we wound up wanting to do that as a last resort,” said Dowell.
By Monday afternoon the Kern County Fire Department’s Facebook post of the 10 minute rescue had received around 1,200 likes and over 700 shares.