A fire crew came to the rescue of a small black puppy whose head was stuck in the center of a car wheel on Friday, said the Bastrop County Animal Control and Shelter.
They said the pup’s owner reached out rescue group Wags, Hope and Healing for help, who in turn contacted the city’s animal services.
“I suspect it was playing somewhere it didn’t belong,” said Evan Jacobs, Animal Services Manager for the Bastrop County Animal Shelter. Evans responded to the call Friday.
“The owner and I picked up the wheel, brought it outside the shed, we tried and tried, couldn’t get the puppy out, so I eventually called the fire department,” Evans explained.
A fire crew from Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2 lent a hand.
“We were both curious how a puppy got its head stuck in a tire rim,” said Erick Johns, one of the firefighters who responded.
They tried oil, jaws of life … nothing seemed to work.
“My coworker, Violet, thought when a puppy sits down it kind of gets scrunched up, so we had the animal control guy tilt [the puppy] higher forward. [Violet] grabbed the body of the puppy, and I grabbed the head. And she started to twist the puppy as I twisted the head and started to twist it out,” Johns said. “And we go that dog out.”
Johns admitted there was a point when he wasn’t sure if they’d be able to.
The puppy began to run around and was reunited with his mother, who is also parenting eight other puppies.
“Had it stayed there overnight — they are about eight weeks or a little over eight weeks old — you can run into dehydration and [the puppy] was in a shed outside the house, so it could have been a pretty bad situation,” Jacobs said.
The mom and all of her puppies will be spayed and neutered, and the owner plans to put the puppies up for adoption.
They will be available through both Wags, Hope and Healing and the Bastrop County Animal Control and Shelter beginning this week.