Monday, 27 December 2010 00:00
Dog stuck in wall
Officers from Riverside County Animal Services responded to a strange call in Desert Hot Springs Monday afternoon (Dec. 27, 2010).
A woman called for assistance because her friend’s dog somehow ended up stuck in a hole in an 18-inch block wall. The dog’s body was on one side and his head popped out on the other side.
(PHOTOS ATTACHED; PHOTOS COURTESY OF SGT. JAMES HUFFMAN, RIVERSIDE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES.)
It was a very odd situation. The 8-month-old German shepherd managed to squeeze his head through the wall, but found himself wondering what he just did to himself. It was uncertain if he was chasing another animal, or just curious, Sgt. Huffman said.
Regardless, the dog whimpered and cried for help. The owner of the dog was not home, but her friend was and called for help.
Officers arrived at about 12:30 p.m.
“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?”
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. 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 and Huffman suggested the dog be kept away from the wall behind a gate. He also said he would swing by Tuesday to talk to the property owner about putting up some chicken wire on the wall’s hole.
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