Only Rebel knows how it happened, and he's not saying anything.
The curious puppy got his head stuck in an 18-inch block wall in Riverside County. County Animal Services Sgt. James Huffman said it's unclear whether Rebel was chasing another animal or just curious.
Huffman said Rebel, the 8-month-old German shepherd, was whimpering and crying for help when he was discovered Monday in Desert Hot Springs. A neighbor noticed the dog's predicament while Rebel's owner was away from home.
Rebel had squeezed his head through the hole, but couldn't back up to free himself without a few helping hands to lay his ears flat and pull him backwards. With officers on both sides of the wall, rescuers tucked the dog's ears back and moved him back and forth.
That went on for about 30 minutes before he finally popped out of the hole.
Huffman suggested the hole in the dog-eating wall be covered with chicken wire to prevent Rebel from getting himself into another tight spot.