LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - On Wednesday Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS)
responded to a request for assistance in the Liberty Lake area. The owners of a
German Shepherd named "Coco" reported that their pet had become trapped in some
rocks and they were unable to free it.
When SCRAPS Animal Protection
Officers (APO) Nicole Montano and Francie Rapier arrived on the scene they were
joined by personnel from the Spokane Valley Fire Department and hiked up a
rugged hillside to where the dog was trapped in a rock crevice. A quick
inspection showed that the dog's head had become wedged about two-feet into a
Rapier crawled into the hole
and spent 20 minutes trying to free the dog while firefighters assisted. She
manipulated the dog's head in a way that allowed her to pull the dog out of the
Apparently the dog had chased a
porcupine into the rocks and had a muzzle and mouth full of quills. Upon closer
inspection Rapier found that the porcupine was still hiding in the hole just
out of the dog's reach.
The dog has been returned to its
owners and taken to the family veterinarian.