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Stuck puppy freed from auto wheel by California firefighters

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters in Bakersfield, California, had to rescue a pit bull from a tight spot.

The puppy had its head stuck through the hub of an automobile wheel when its owner brought it to a Kern County fire station on Friday.

Fire Department spokesman Brandon Hill says two firefighters used vegetable oil to ease the dog's head out of the hole.

The little pooch, named Junior, has returned to live with its owner and seven siblings.

California Firefighters Rescue Puppy Stuck in The Middle of a Wheel

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paddleman1928 June 23 2014 at 4:18 PM

so heartwarming-next year when he is grown he will probably tear some child's face off.

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boardsrbetter June 23 2014 at 4:17 PM

The dog was released back to the people who shoved its head into a tire? Did the firefighter realize thats the only way that can happen? Tires roll and fall over. If it was laying on the ground the dog couldnt have done that. So the people did that themselves. Probably for a cute picture or something. Nowadays animal abusers get free spots on the news, not tickets.

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donpantanella June 23 2014 at 5:43 PM

was Michael Vick anywhere in the vicinity when this happened?

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danyelle.marks donpantanella June 23 2014 at 7:51 PM

hardy har har

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bbh907 June 23 2014 at 5:43 PM

Poor little thing! I'm glad the firefighters were able to help him.

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Dave bbh907 June 23 2014 at 10:50 PM

You have no clue as to the future of this dog, do you?.

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Soul Gates June 23 2014 at 5:35 PM

So ... the firemen came up with an idea the dog's owner could have done ...

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Amy K June 24 2014 at 8:08 AM

Why did they give the dog back? He is one of SEVEN? Look at the rims, as a dog mama of 5, I hate to think of the future this little UNfortunate angel will have. My prayers are with you little guy :)

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sullalc June 23 2014 at 10:31 PM

Another animal article from Huffington Post featuring their fixation on pit bulls...when it turns on its owners and maims or kills a child or baby..you wont read about it here...Only way you will read about this dog under a Huffington byline is if it develops Multiple Sclerosis....Huffingtons other peculiar obsession.

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traysteph23 sullalc June 23 2014 at 10:55 PM

Buzz 60. Not Huffpost.

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janieturnage June 23 2014 at 6:07 PM

Do you think one of those tires would work instead of a cone like the vet uses around the neck to keep the dog (or cat) from damaging a wound he has? Just kidding of course. Vegetable oil works for lots of tight situations. Glad they got the baby free without hurting him.

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kingofswords72 janieturnage June 23 2014 at 9:18 PM

Once an animal puts it's head in a tight spot it's ears initially prevent it from easily coming back out. After it tries for a few minutes to get it's head out, their neck starts to swell up, further preventing it from removing it's head. How do I know this? Personal experience. We tried everything, soap, oil, prayer, and his head still wouldn't come out of the wheel. We finally called the fire department and they sawed the wheel with a small hacksaw and bent the rim back enough to remove his head. I remember my brother (about 3 years old) stuck his head between the cement pillars of a bridge and his ears prevented him from bringing it back out again. We pried his head out - with much less skin than originally - and he only suffered a few abrasions. Today that would be considered child abuse and charges would have been filed.

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terwalk2 janieturnage June 23 2014 at 9:55 PM

yep, k-y jelly also works in tight places. tff

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polfpilf June 23 2014 at 5:52 PM

The poor doggy just wanted to be a Big Wheel, lol

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mramirez258 June 23 2014 at 4:53 PM

thank god for the fire men

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