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Dastardly dogs dial ‘911’ 16 times

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Two dogs from Minnesota (USA) were reprimanded last month for calling the country’s ‘911’ emergency 16 times and hanging up after each call. 

By Nick Whittle , 16 Mar 2019

On the 21st February 2019 their owner went to work leaving Remy the Papillon and Bomber the Hound home alone.  Drunk on boredom it wasn’t long until the pair found the owner's cell phone on a desk in one of the upstairs rooms and decided to play. 

A few minutes later Lakeville Police Department received their first 911 call from the property; they noted that the caller had hung up. 

We were dispatched to a 911 hang up call at a residence in Lakeville,’ Officer Michelle Roberts told

Roberts and her sidekick Emily Bares approached the house cautiously. They knocked on the front door but saw no movement inside. Creeping along the side of the house they looked through the first window they came to and saw two seemingly agitated dogs. 

It was just kind of weird usually people come to the door, seeing two dogs go hyper is not something I see all the time,’ said Officer Bares.

All they could hear was barking

During the course of her walk around, Roberts received another call from the dispatching officer telling her that a 16th 911 call had come through from the property, but the caller again had hung up. ‘All they could hear in the background was dogs barking,’ recalled Roberts.

The officers made their way carefully into the house to discover it only to be occupied by the two naughty dogs that were by now delighted to have some unexpected company in the middle of the day.  

Our assumption is the dogs were having a rough day and it was the dogs that were seeking assistance through 911,’ Roberts added.

The police later contacted the owner who admitted he was, ‘stunned’ by his dogs' behaviour. 

The Lakeville Police Department’s last Twitter comment on the matter read: ‘Pups advised of proper 911 etiquette.’