Indianapolis firefighters rescue dog with head stuck in tire rim

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 17, 2015)– Indianapolis firefighters rescued a dog Friday evening after the she got her head stuck in the rim of a tire.

Around 5:15 p.m., a woman rang the doorbell of Station 5 located at 450 W 21st Street, and said she found the neighborhood stray dog stuck in the tire. The woman said the Pit Bull mix, who she calls Jimma, is about 1.5 years old.

She told firefighters she has been feeding Jimma when it stops by her house about twice a day. When the unidentified 20-year-old woman came home from work, she found the dog stuck in the tire.  She loaded the dog into her car and drove to Station 5.

The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) said the dog was visibly shaken but not confrontational.

For 10 minutes, several attempts were made to ease the dog’s head back out, using liquid soap and then oil.  IFD said neither of these attempts worked. A crew with extrication tools were called.

The crew came up with a plan which they hoped would minimize any possible injury to the dog and keep her calm as they used the large and loud tools near her head.

The rubber tire was removed from the rim. IFD says that as several firefighters worked to free the dog, others used calming hands and voices to keep her from confronting his rescuers.

Using a tool that cuts brake pedals on cars, firefighters were able to make cuts in the rim that allowed them to use spreaders to open the rim. It took more than an hour to get the rim removed.

The dog appeared to be OK.  After removal of the rim, Jimma was sent home with the woman.

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