This morning , shortly after 3:00 a.m., a Call Taker with the Barrie Police Service answered a 9-1-1 call that was very unique.

The Call Taker could hear that there was someone visibly upset in the background, but it would appear that at that moment, the caller was unaware that police were attempting to make voice contact and determine the nature of the emergency.

Barrie Police officers responded to the home and determined that the occupants were fine, however, the family dog, who made the call, was in a bit of trouble.

The dog had apparently chewed on a mobile phone belonging to an occupant of the home and while chewing on it, was able to dial 911.

The Barrie Police Service receives dozens of 911 calls daily and some of these are actual calls for service that require an immediate police response. In some cases, the calls are accidental; but every 9-1-1 call is taken seriously, and police will always respond to confirm there is no emergency and most importantly, to ensure, that the caller is not in danger.

Police are reminding the public that mobile telecommunications devices should always be locked to avoid accidental calls from being made to 9-1-1 and that they should be placed out of reach of children and pets, when left unattended or receiving a charge.

Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator, Peter Leon


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