A Friendly Shar-Pei Rescued after Being Stuck Between Two Walls

Life in the outdoors sure seems to be a dangerous place. Please keep your dogs in a fenced-in yard. It’s the best way of keeping them under your control and out of harm.

On Friday, January 14, 2011, Wally (not his real name, just the nickname his rescuers gave him) a 4-year old Shar-Pei mix found himself in a tough predicament: He was stuck between two walls in the Palm Springs, CA area. How he got there is a mystery. Officials are guessing that the pooch was probably chasing a smaller critter who outsmarted Wally by using the crawl space separating the wall of a house from the wall belonging to the local water district as the get-a-way point. Wally was barking for help for several hours before someone realized where the sounds were coming from and called in for help.

A complaint call in Cathedral City this morning labeled a “barking dog” call turned into rescue to free a Shar-Pei mix dog sandwiched between two walls. The dog is male, about 4 years old, and had no identifying tags or collar. The dog, nicknamed “Wally,” came out very weak and dehydrated. In this type of rescue operation, officers guide the dog out with a catch pole for the officers' safety, plus the safety of any bystanders. The dog has been taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. (Courtesy Riverside County Animal Service.)

According to the Desert Sun, animal control officers received a call around 10 a.m. Wally’s baking. As they arrived to the area, they found Wally stuck between the two walls.

Animal control officers guide a shar-pei mix dog out from between two walls, where he likely had been trapped for several hours. (Courtesy of Riverside County Animal Service)

“It’s not every day someone calls the water district to rescue a dog,” district spokeswoman Heather Engel said.

It took the district workers about 40 minutes, pounding a hole into the wall to free the weak and dehydrated Wally. By 1:30 p.m., he was free, according to Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh.

Animal control officers responding to a complaint of a barking dog in Cathedral City found a dog sandwiched between two walls. “Wally,” a Shar-Pei mix, was weak and dehydrated when officers guided him out. (Courtesy Riverside County Animal Service.)

Wally was fed bean and cheese burrito by one of the water district employee. (What no water?) . As the friendly dog had no tags, it is not known whether Wally has an owner.

Wally was taken to Valley Animal Medical Center in Indio for treatment before heading to the animal campus, where, if an owner doesn’t come to claim him, he will be held for five days before he’s available for adoption.

So are we going for a new trend this week of dogs trapped between walls? I hope not. But life in the outdoors sure seems to be a dangerous place. Please keep your dogs in a fenced-in yard. It’s the best way of keeping them under your control and out of harm.

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