COACHELLA — Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services received a call for assistance regarding a puppy stuck in the middle of a spare tire.
Riverside County Animal Services Officer Jose Cisneros responded to the call in Coachella. He tried to use oil to lubricate the puppy’s head and attempted to slip the head through the way it came. It is common practice for animal control officers to use cooking oil when animals get stuck into precarious situations. However, the puppy appeared to have swelling in her neck.
Officer Cisneros transported the puppy to the Coachella Valley Campus in Thousand Palms to consult his colleagues with the Veterinary Services Division.
The puppy was sedated to calm her. Shortly after that, a staff member contacted CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire to ask for assistance.
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Firefighters from Riverside County Fire Station No. 69 in Rancho Mirage quickly responded. Firefighters Virgil Messer and Tony Bribiesca took turns using a sawzall to safely cut a piece in the wheel to provide enough space for an easier rescue, according to John Welsh, Media Relations Strategist for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
Within a few moments, the cut was made and out came the puppy, a 3-month-old Australian cattle dog. It is believed that the owners were the reporting party when the call first came to Animal Services.
The puppy quickly ate some food after the rescue. She was schedule to rest overnight and remain under observation until her return to her rightful owners.
- Puppy in tire: Riverside County Department of Animal Services