Dog Rescued After Getting Head Stuck in Brick Wall

A curious puppy got his head stuck in an 18-inch block wall in Riverside County, but animal services officers were able to free him less than an hour later.

Photo: James Huffman/ Riverside County Animal Services

An 8-month old German shepherd puppy learned a hard lesson Monday about sticking his nose where it didn’t belong when he got his head stuck in a hole in a wall.

A friend of the dog’s owner discovered the pup in distress Monday morning and when she was unable to free the dog herself, she called animal control officers for help.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Wow, how’d he get in there?'” Riverside County Animal Services Sgt. James Huffman said. “And why is there a hole that big in the wall?”

Photo: James Huffman/ Riverside County Animal Services

Sgt. Huffman and a colleague, Officer Hector Palafox, immediately checked the dog’s breathing and determined that he was not in serious danger.

He was still able to breathe comfortably, despite the awkward predicament. Huffman said, “Somehow he got in through there, so we knew we could get him out. But our main concern was not hurting him in doing so.”

Both officers checked the space between the block wall and the dog’s head.

Photo: James Huffman/ Riverside County Animal Services

There was enough room to manage a rescue without breaking down the wall and risking further injury to the animal.

One officer worked the dog’s head from one side of the wall, while the other officer worked the dog’s body on the other side.

Officer Palafox pushed the dog’s ears back to ensure the dog would not suffer during the rescue attempt.

Some minor nudging and roughly 30 minutes into the rescue, Rebel the dog was free once again.

“He let us know if we were pushing too hard – but he kept working right along with us,” Sgt. Huffman said. “He helped a lot. You could see his hind legs stiffen to assist in the direction we were going. He knew we were there to save him.”

The dog was released to the owner’s friend.

Animal control officers suggested the dog’s owner put some chicken wire around the hole in the wall to prevent a repeat. [via Southwest Riverside News Network]

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