Police have told of their relief after discovering a 999 call they feared could be a murder in progress was actually made by a 14-month-old dog.
Bailey, a Golden Retriever from Herefordshire, had run off with a cordless phone in his mouth and dialled 999 while chewing it, police said.
The operator raised the alarm when she heard heavy breathing and shouting.
“Come out or else, I’m warning you”, were the last words she heard before the call ended and she alerted police.
When the operator finally managed to call the number back, Jodie Halfpenny explained that her dog Bailey was to blame. He had nicked the handset and run off into the garden to chew it, she said.