How Rescuers Freed This Dog From a Tire Truck Rim

Any fire chief will tell you that a fire department’s role is not just fighting fires, but sometimes helping community members out of a tight spot. And for the McDowell County Rescue Squad in North Carolina, that form of service required a delicate touch last week when they were called upon to free a dog named Sadie from the grips of a truck tire rim.

Sadie’s family told rescuers that they believe she may have been chasing another animal when she got wedged inside the Ford F-350 tire rim.


credit: Kristi Sisk/ Facebook

Sadie was taken to the Animal Hospital of Marion where she showed everyone her new necklace with her characteristic charm. But for her own safety, Sadie would have to be sedated.


credit: Kristi Sisk/ Facebook

“The tire rim probably weighed 20 or 30 pounds so she couldn’t even lift her head up when she came in,” hospital staffer Kristi Sisk said.

“We used hydraulic cutters as well as a couple of other power tools,”  McDowell County Rescue Squad Captain Jordan Harrell told “It was a lot of trial and error. It was very big, it was a tough metal, and not the text book type extrication.”


credit: Kristi Sisk/ Facebook

“Thank you so much McDowell rescue squad and volunteers that showed up, took their time, and put the animals safety first getting this tire rim off!” Sisk said. “Happy to say miss Sadie had a happy ending. Went home tail wagging. I love my job!”


credit: McDowell County Rescue Squad/ Facebook


Marie W
Marie W7 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer H
Jennifer H10 months ago

Wow. That would be scary. Thanks to the firefighters for saving her.

Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D10 months ago

God bless the first responders. Wish every human could be kind to animals, and not just when they are in need. Sadie I wish you a very happy and safe life. Keep wagging that tail :)

František Labanič
František L10 months ago

Wonderfull :)

Susanne W
Susanne W10 months ago

Past Member, thank you for the Information. Of course - signed and shared.

Berny p
Berny p10 months ago

More good people there than people think!

Christine S
Christine S10 months ago

You see people can be so wonderful ---why can't we ALL be kind to animals.

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Chen B10 months ago


Jess B
Jess B10 months ago

Amazing rescue. Scary situation though, never heard of this happening before. Thanks for sharing

Robert N
Rob Chloe Sam N10 months ago

Thank god for the firefighters, Poor Sadie, Dogs do have a habit of getting themselves into bad situations, My dog Skye was very mischievous at times, Thanks for sharing this.