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Poodle’s Scary Bath Sends a Lesson to All Pet Owners

Poor little poodle.

Selene Ortega, 12, was giving her dog, Morita, a bath when the poodle’s paw became lodged in the tub drain, reports local Albuquerque news site The dog screamed, and the Albuquerque, N.M. family searched for help.

Their vet said call the plumber; the plumber said call housing; and housing said call 911.

Finally, firefighters arrived and cut out the part of the tub attached to the poodle. The family’s vet finally removed the dog’s paw from the drain.

Morita escaped with only a swollen paw – no broken bones —  and the family is now trying to get their tub replaced.

Lesson: Always use drain covers when giving a pet a bath.

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Image credit: Screenshot from report

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12:52AM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Thank you!

5:17AM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

Learning is always exciting

7:58AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Scary. Poor dog. Glad everything worked out OK and the dog was safe.

12:48PM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

Adorable) Thanks for sharing :)

6:11AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Contenta per la fine della storia al meglio per il barboncino ma.....un po' di attenzione e si poteva evitare l'accaduto.

12:10PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Thank you.

6:42AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

thanks for this story

1:47AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Thank you

9:16PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

I don't see how this could happen If you take the dog out of the tub before you drain the water. As far as I know a tub has a drain that prevents anything from going inside of it other than water or hair.. I really can't fathom this could have happened. It doesn't make any sense to me.

10:55AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Must 've been awful for the young girl as well as the poodle ... so glad Morita's ok.

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Cute. Thank you for sharing.


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