Puppy accidents frequently entail their ingesting something they shouldn’t, such snow salt or carpet lint. Sometimes they include taking a tumble off a table or playing with the wrong grown-up dog.
Rebel, an 8-month-old German Shepherd from Riverside Country, California, managed to locate a new, unusual form of puppy accident. He spent a large chunk of Monday afternoon with his head jammed in a cinder brick wall.
Rebel’s owner was gone, but a neighbor heard Rebel’s screams for aid and phoned Riverside County Department of Animal Services, who quickly rushed their team to help.
When they arrived, they discovered a slightly wounded and puzzled dog.
“My immediate thought was, ‘Wow, how’d he get in there?’” Riverside County Animal Services Sgt. James Huffman stated in a press release. “And why is there a hole that huge in the wall?”
Sgt. Huffman and a colleague, Officer Hector Palafox, quickly examined the dog’s respiration and found that he was not in significant danger, the release adds. He was still able to breathe easily, despite the unpleasant circumstances.
“Our biggest concern was not injuring him in doing so,” Huffman added.
Both cops verified the distance between the block wall and the dog’s head, the release claimed. There was enough room to manage a rescue without smashing down the wall and risking severe injuries to the animal.
One officer worked the dog’s head from one side of the wall, while the second officer handled the dog’s torso on the other side, the release added. Officer Palafox put the dog’s ears back to ensure the dog would not suffer during the rescue operation.
Some mild poking and around 30 minutes into the rescue, Rebel the dog was free once again, the release added.
“He let us know if we were pushing too hard – yet he kept working right along with us,” Sgt. Huffman added. “He helped a lot. You could feel his rear legs tense to help in the direction we were traveling. He knew we were there to help him.”
There were no reports of Rebel sustaining permanent (physical) injuries from the incident.