NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — "Jughead" needs a new name.
The dog who'd been running loose in and around a local park with its head stuck inside a plastic jar is stuck no more.
Rescuers Don and Katherine Nelson estimate the emaciated black Lab had the container around his neck for three weeks.
"His big ears kept him from getting it off," Katherine Nelson said.
The Nelsons and another woman, Sue Leach, came to the aid of Jughead — the 4- to 7-year-old dog's temporary name — after reading text messages about his dilemma.
Several methods of capture were considered. They followed tracks in the snow that led to the dog, who was found snoozing in the park.
Don Nelson picked the dog up and carried him to their van.
The Nelsons rushed Jughead to Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital. As they were parking the van, the dog finally worked himself loose from the bothersome container.
Hospital staff told the Nelsons that Jughead is a nice dog who knows how to shake paws. No one has come forward to claim ownership.
Apparently, he had been on the loose for about a year, Katherine Nelson said.
Jughead is very thin and dehydrated and will remain at the pet hospital for an indefinite amount of time.
"He is still not out of the woods," she said.
Edie Schmierbach writes for the Mankato (Minn.) Free Press.