May 25th, 2009 at 07:30am
Police feared the worse [sic] when they received a 999 call which sounded as if a serious attack was underway.
Operatives heard whining noises and a man shouting: “Come out or else – I’m warning you”, reports Sky News.
Then the line went dead. Fearing the worst, police rang back – but it turned out to be a shaggy dog story.
A very apologetic woman confirmed that all was well and that the culprit was her pet dog Bailey.
The 14-month-old golden retriever had grabbed the house phone in his mouth and ran off into the garden.
The emergency call operator had heard the woman’s husband trying to get the dog to come out from his hiding place behind the garden shed.
Bailey had inadvertently dialled 999 while attempting to keep his grip on the phone.
UK sitcom The IT Crowd solved this problem a few years back by making the emergency number just a tad harder to dial.
Sadly the government didn’t implement the idea, although there might be a good reason for that:
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