Footage Shows Poor Pooch Being Rescued After Getting Its Head Stuck In A Tyre
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Footage shows a poor pup being rescued by emergency services after it trapped its head in a discarded car wheel.
The video was filmed at the La Chimba rubbish dump in the city of Antofagasta in the northern Chilean region of the same name.
A worker had found the stray eight-month-old female puppy, who had got her head stuck in the wheel - and was looking pretty helpless.
According to reports, the dog was eventually rescued by staff from the Sterilisation and Responsible Pet Ownership Programme of Antofagasta, along with a team of firefighters.
Veterinarian Eliel Morales said the poor pup was a young female that lives wild in the area.
Morales claimed the dog was initially aggressive with the rescuers, who were forced to sedate it. They then used petroleum jelly to free the animal from the hub cap.
Thankfully, Morales also confirmed that the dog was uninjured from the incident. She said the next steps would be to sterilise the pooch and vaccinate her against rabies, before returning her to the area.
Morales said: "As it is wild, it cannot be adopted. It is of no use to humans."
The vet also explained that the mountainous region is home to several packs of wild dogs that feed on human rubbish and other smaller animals, including cats.
The dog, known locally as Gae, was videoed dragging his back left leg along the ground, giving the illusion that it is broken. However, once a crowd has gathered around him, Gae simply jumps up and runs off as if nothing has happened.
According to a local resident Thaweeporn Chongplapolkul, Gae is always trying to prank people with his party trick.
Chongplapolkul said: ''This old dog has lived by my workplace for a few years. He always does this trick to deceive people.
''I feed him rice but he still has this habit. He's very smart. I think he does it to get people to feed him."
Thaweeporn said she is a dog-lover who has several pets and also rescues street dogs, and says she's certain that there is nothing wrong with Gae.
She added: ''He's an old dog and we've checked both of his legs. They are both fine. If Gae had any kind of injury I would take him to the vets immediately.''