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German shepherd puppy gets stuck in a tight spot

Rebel An 8-month-old German shepherd named Rebel somehow squeezed his head through a hole in an 18-inch block wall at his Desert Hot Springs home Monday.

Then he got stuck.

Rebel may have been chasing another animal or was just curious about the hole, said Sgt. James Huffman of Riverside County Animal Services. The dog cried and whimpered until a friend of the owner  heard him and called authorities. The dog’s owner wasn’t home at the time.

County Animal Services officers arrived about 12:30 p.m. and determined that the dog was not in serious danger. Huffman said they concluded that if the dog was able to get his head into the hole, they would be able to pull him out without damaging the wall, but their main concern was not to hurt Rebel while getting him out.

An officer got on either side of the wall, tucked in the dog’s ears and nudged him back and forth for about 30 minutes before getting him out safely. Huffman said Rebel assisted in his own rescue and knew the officers were there to help him. The dog made it clear to officers when he was uncomfortable and would stiffen his hind legs to assist as they pulled him out, he said.

Rebel was released to the owner’s friend. Huffman suggested that the dog be kept away from the wall and that the owner should install chicken wire in the hole to prevent Rebel from getting stuck again.


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Photo: Rebel during his predicament. Credit: Sgt. James Huffman, Riverside County Animal Services

Comments () | Archives (17)

Poor dog. Luckily dog kept his cool and did not resist. Amazing for an animal to be able to do that.

I had a kitten once that got its head caught in the holes of a cyclone fence. I was gone to get some cutters but the cat figured how to get out on his own.

Glad it was a happy ending!

Such a cute face; glad he's okay. Rebel and his owner are lucky to have such a nice neighbor too.

"An officer got on either side of the wall"

How did he do that?

The wall was only 18" high

"How did he do that?"

This dog was being assisted by Schroedinger's Cop, apparently.

Not a good idea to leave dogs in the yard. If you won't leave your kids in ht eyard while you are not home, why leave your dog???

Glad all worked out.

Lets see.....keeping the dog away from the wall or installing chicken wire.....YA THINK???? How about FIXING the wall....that would work too. Geez I am just glad the dog was OK.

It's an 18 inch block. The wall was higher than 18 inches, but attainable from both sides.

This show why cats are better than dogs. Dogs are SOOOOOO Dumb!

It's an ugly dog.

" A friend of the owner called authorities"... LOL without even going over there to see what the problem was first? If he was a friend, he should've just let himself into the yard and checked it out. Personally if I heard a neighbor's dog whimpering and crying like something was wrong.. I'd go look.

Also love the part that says "An officer got on either side"... LOL how are people with bad English allowed to write articles? It's bad enough we have to talk to them on the phone when calling a customer service number.

If I may ask, what the hell is the hole for anyway?

"An officer got on either side of the wall" is grammatically correct if confusing.

Glad rebel is ok

"An officer got on either side of the wall" Que??? no comprede!!!!

That dog is an IDIOT!

Get out your tape measure and look at 18" (that would be 1'-6" for those who can't translate). If the wall was 18" thick this dog would have the neck of a giraffe. Cinder/cement blocks are manufactured 8"H x8"D x16"L, therefore the wall is 8" thick and likely 5' or 6' high. One report described the HOLE as 18". If that were the case this puppy is as large as a horse. And the dog did NOT "keep his cool", he was exhausted by the time they got there (note blood on wall). The neighbor probably called for help because the dog was still panicked and in bite mode. Ditto on FIXING the wall...with mortar and block, not chicken wire!


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