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Dog gets his head stuck in wheel of truck after being left alone in back yard

By Mason White 5:15 PM February 5, 2017
Dog stuck in wheel
By: Alexis Bell

A dog was rushed to a hospital after getting its head stuck in hole of a wheel while it was left alone in a back yard for many hours, according to firefighters in Montana.

The Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department said that firefighters came to the rescue of the eight-month-old, inquisitive coonhound named Blaze, after it found itself in a very precarious position.

Fire Marshal Brian Doherty answered a call from St. Francis Veterinary Hospital, during which staff members asked for extrication equipment.

When Fire Marshal Doherty asked what they needed, they reported that a puppy’s head was stuck in the wheel of a tire.

The vet didn’t know what to do so they called the fire department. The fully-equipped Rescue Unit No. 1 responded and was closely followed by the Fire Marshal’s vehicle.

The owner left the pup by itself in his yard for just a few hours, and came home to find it in this precarious position.

With a lot of coconut oil, patience, a lot of ear tucking, and some powerful skin-pulling, Blaze’s head was quickly and successfully extricated from the tire wheel without the use of tools, but with Firefighter Zach Osborne’s strength.

Blaze remained uninjured throughout the ordeal, but some minor neck swelling was noted by the firefighters. Blaze remained calm, cool, and collected throughout the ordeal, and it did not make a sound.

Incident Commander Battalion Chief Bill Fisher was in charge of the entire operation, Fire Marshal Doherty completed the daunting task of ear tucking, and Firefighter Osborne utilized his strength to free Blaze.

“Hopefully, this was a valuable lesson for young Blaze, and we won’t have to respond to any more menacing incidents involving this playful puppy,” the fire department wrote on Facebook.