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This photo released by the Kern County Fire Department shows Junior with his head stuck in the middle of a wheel rim.

Firefighters free puppy stuck in auto wheel

A little vegetable oil works wonders. (Kern County Fire Department)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Firefighters in Bakersfield, California, had to rescue a little pit bull from a tight spot.

The puppy had its head stuck through the hub of an automobile wheel when its owner brought it to a Kern County fire station on Friday.

Fire Department spokesman Brandon Hill said two firefighters used vegetable oil to ease the dog’s head out of the hole.

The little pooch, named Junior, has returned to live with his owner and seven siblings.