ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (TheBlaze/AP) — Selene Ortega was giving her dog, Morita, a bath Friday at her northeast Albuquerque home when the poodle started screaming.
One of Morita's back paws got stuck in a bathtub drain.
Ortega told KRQE-TV that she and her family called their veterinarian, a plumber and then 911.
A 911 dispatcher contacted Albuquerque Animal Welfare, which ended up calling the fire department.
Firefighters tried using lotion and shampoo to free Morita's paw, but it wasn't budging.
So they opted for a radical resolution: They cut a hole around the drain to get the poodle out of the house.
Then Morita, drain and all, was taken to a vet...
...who successfully removed the poodle's paw from the drain.
The pooch has some swelling but is expected make a full recovery.