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Pet puppy's police call probably a wrong number

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2004

OSLO, Norway (AP) An emergency services switchboard couldn't understand a word the caller was saying, so they sent a crew to investigate.

There was nothing wrong with Raia apart from being a puppy. Barking into the phone was her way of communicating, the state radio network NRK reported Monday.

Lars Letnes, of the Nord-Troendelag police district, said a call came through to the medical emergency number at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The switchboard operators tried to talk to the caller, but heard only a gruff, barking sound.

''They were afraid someone needed help and was trying to say so they asked for assistance from the police,'' he told NRK.

The police went to the house, rang the doorbell and woke up 24-year-old Aleksander Elden, whose family owns the four-month-old Norwegian Elkhound.

''It could only have been her that called. She was the only one there,'' Elden told The Associated Press by telephone, adding he found the puppy lying on the floor next to the phone.

The police took the confusion with a sense of humor. The log says the pup probably dialed the wrong number.



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