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Dog Gets Head Stuck in Jar and Is Rescued from Abandoned House

by Katherine

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Olive, a three-year-old Chow mix had been living in an abandoned house and hadn’t been able to eat, drink water or breathe right for several days, because her head was stuck inside a plastic container. Her life changed when a Good Samaritan from Detroit, Mich., saved Olive’s live when she contacted the Michigan Humane Society to get the poor dog rescued.

Chris Ouwerkerk, rescue driver for the Humane Society, headed out to rescue the pet. It took him a while to capture the elusive and scared dog, but thanks to a catch pole, Olive was caught and soon after received the help she needed.

Photo Credit: Michigan Humane Society
Photo Credit: Michigan Humane Society


As soon as she was captured, Ouwerkerk noticed the canine was breathing heavier and the plastic container crumpled as she took in deeper breaths. Fearing she would suffocate, the rescuer tried to free her from the jar, but couldn’t. The next best thing he could do, was poke holes in the container to let more air in. He then rushed her to their facility where veterinarians used lubricants to get the jar off of the dog’s head.

Today, Olive is no longer fending for herself, scavenging for food in abandoned houses, or getting her head stuck in jars. She is healthy and under the Human Society’s care. However, she is in need of a forever home.

Photo Credit: Michigan Humane Society
Photo Credit: Michigan Humane Society


If you would like to adopt Olive, contact Detroit Center for Animal Care at 313-872-3400.

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Learn more about the Michigan Humane Society on the website or Facebook page.