These friendly dogs were locked up inside a house and decided to be a little too friendly. The officers could not believe that the dogs were behind the calls until they heard the tape clearly.
Most pet dogs and trained dogs are overly friendly creatures and love grabbing everyone's attention. They will do almost anything to get people's attention when they want to. Dogs can also get overly friendly but sadly, they think like two-year-old babies and fail to understand the consequences of their actions most times. During the last week of February, a couple of dogs from Minnesota ended up calling the police several times while they were playing around. The attention-loving pups - Remy and Bomber - are known to go to great lengths to get what they want, even if that includes having to get the police involved. Last Thursday, the Lakeville Police Department received around 16 strange phone calls. The 911 dispatcher answered the phone and was met with only silence on the other end of the line. This only left the department suspicious and worried at the same time. The police, as usual, decided to track down the number and go over to the house to take have a look at what was really going on.
Officers Michelle Roberts and Emily Bares arrived at the location of the calls. This is when the mystery deepened as they found that the house was locked from the outside. They wondered if someone was trapped inside the house but the house looked seemingly empty. Both officers knew it was impossible to receive so many calls from an empty house. “By the time we got there they had gotten three more 911 calls in that span of time,” Officer Roberts told The Dodo. “In a couple of them they heard dogs barking in the background, but no human voices at all.”
The officers waited at the property for a while. They checked around the property and even peeped inside to get as much information they possibly could without breaking in. Even after the officers left the scene, the calls kept coming in. Officer Roberts decided to return to the scene. She tracked down the owners of the house. Roberts received the code for the garage after contacting the owner and reporting the incident. This way, she could enter the house through the back and finally put an end to this troublesome mystery and find the annoying prank callers.
2 dogs + 1 cell phone = 3 911 calls to dispatch. Did you two really need a potty break that bad? Pups advised of proper 911 etiquette. pic.twitter.com/piOp9zDhHo— Lakeville Police (@LakevillePD_MN) February 21, 2019
“I was more concerned because I thought there was a human in there who can’t talk or move and just keeps calling for help,” said Roberts. “I never thought it was the dogs, that’s for sure.” As soon as Officer Roberts entered the house she was greeted by a hound mix and his Papillon partner in crime. The two dogs seemed to be very playful. According to Roberts, the dogs were a bit bashful about the trouble they had caused but seemed to be pretty pleased with the result. They finally got what they wanted, some company to play with.
“They barked at first and then they were a little timid,” said Roberts. “But that didn’t last very long. They just wanted to be pet and they were super friendly.” Roberts checked the entire house to see if there was anyone else. In the home office, she found a forgotten cell phone laying on the desk. “It was on ‘emergency call only,’ so the dogs would have only had to hit the screen with their paw or their nose and that would have enabled them to call 911,” Roberts explained. Maybe the dogs were having a rough day needed someone to be with them. Maybe that's why they called the cops so many times.
According to Roberts, the approximately 45-pound hound might have reached the phone and hitting the dial button by standing on his hind legs. Or more likely, the dog must have jumped up on the chair at the desk and pressed the dial button repeatedly. The owner of the pups found the explanation for the several emergency calls made very unlikely. “He didn’t believe it was the dogs at all until he heard the 911 tape with the dogs barking in the background and you can tell they’re really close,” said Roberts. “Then he seemed kind of baffled.”
“The homeowner did take the phone into AT&T to find out if there was anything wrong with the phone,” Roberts added. “They confirmed that there was not.” Roberts has been on the force for almost 20 years now. This was the first time that she has had to apprehend a duo of animals. The dispatcher received 16 calls in total from the two dogs. Roberts usually spends her day fighting crime and often being in dangerous situations. However, she was pretty glad that the emergency calls turned out to be accidents and not a case. She was happy and relieved to see the two dogs in the house when she entered.
I wonder if the phone got impounded.— The Cheese (@thecheesefeed) February 22, 2019
“It is kind of unheard of for them to be up to those kinds of shenanigans,” said Roberts. “It’s mind-blowing, really.”
😂😂😂😂 And I thought it was funny when my dog got the remote for his shock collar and kept shocking himself. He'd run...stop...run...stop...I kept hearing the vibrate sound. He was doing it to himself. Calling 911 takes the cake.— sara connell (@sconnell72) February 22, 2019