Rebel the Puppy Gets Head Stuck in Wall (PICTURES)

There were no reports of lasting (physical) injuries after Rebel, an 8-month-old German Shepherd, spent a good part of Monday stuck in a hole in a wall before animal services rescued him. Riverside County Animal Services

There were no reports of lasting (physical) injuries after Rebel, an 8-month-old German Shepherd, spent a good part of Monday stuck in a hole in a wall before animal services rescued him. (Riverside County Animal Services)


(CBS) Any dog owner will till you, puppies are prone to accidents.

Puppy accidents usually involve them eating something they shouldn't, like snow salt or carpet lint. Sometimes they involve taking a tumble off a table or messing with the wrong grown-up dog.

Rebel, an 8-month-old German Shepherd from Riverside Country, California, managed to find a new, unique kind of puppy accident. He spent a good part of Monday afternoon with his head stuck in a cinder block wall.

PICTURES: Puppy's Head Stuck in a Wall

Rebel's owner was away, but a neighbor heard Rebel's cries for help and called Riverside County Department of Animal Services, who immediately sent their team to help.

When they arrived, they found a slightly bloodied and bewildered dog.

"My initial reaction was, 'Wow, how'd he get in there?'" Riverside County Animal Services Sgt. James Huffman said in a press release. "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, the release states. He was still able to breathe comfortably, despite the awkward predicament.

"Our main concern was not hurting him in doing so," Huffman said.

Both officers checked the space between the block wall and the dog's head, the release stated. 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, the release stated. 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, the release stated.

"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."

There were no reports of Rebel suffering lasting (physical) injuries from the incident.

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.

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