California Firefighters Rescue Puppy After Her Head Gets Stuck In A Wheel

Firefighters in California rescued a puppy that had got her head stuck in a spare tire.


Riverside County Animal Services officials responded to a call and found the 3-month-old Australian cattle dog’s head stuck in the wheel, which attaches to the hub on a vehicle’s suspension. The poor dog could not remove her head out.

“It was so worrying to me. I was trying to imagine how the heck she got put in that position and you just got to remember that puppies will be puppies. Just curiosity. There was probably food on the other side of it or something, she just crammed her head right through,” said David Hough, a Riverside County animal care technician.


Hough and Animal Services Officer Jose Cisneros, tried using oil to lubricate the puppy’s neck, but then decided to transport her to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus.

Lana after she was rescued.

There they sedated the pup to calm her down, and firefighters arrived to help in the rescue. They took turns using a saw to cut the hole big enough to safely remove the pup.

Lana with her owner Martin Godinez.

“She’s totally fine now. She doesn’t look fazed by it at all,” said Hough.

They said the pup is back with her family, and is resting after the tiring ordeal. They learned her name is Lana, but already gave her a nickname, #wheeliepup.

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