Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Animal rescuers in California said they saved a puppy found with its head stuck through the middle opening of a spare tire.
The Riverside County Department of Animal Services said a crew responded to a report of a puppy with its head stuck through the middle of a spare tire Wednesday.
The Australian cattle dog was taken to Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, where veterinarians used a sedative to keep the canine still and calm.
The Riverside County Fire Department was summoned to the clinic and firefighters used a saw to cut out a piece of the tire and free the dog.
The dog, dubbed Wheelie Pup by rescuers, is being monitored by veterinarians while officials attempt to identify her owners.