Basset Hound Saves Own Life by Calling Emergency Number

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A police team in the U.K. responding to an emergency call found an unusual individual in need: George the Basset Hound. According to The Sun, the 2-year-old dog accidentally tangled himself in the cord of a house phone, wrapping the wire around his neck.In a panic from choking, the dog began pawing at the phone and luckily dialed 999, the United Kingdom's version of 911.

The operator who received George's miraculous call and heard his heaving breathing and strangled choking told police she believed there was a person being attacked on the other line. Officials raced to the dog's West Yorkshire home to find it empty.

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While the cops feverishly searched the house for a human in distress, it was a neighbor, Paul Walker, who discovered George choking and wrapped up in the phone cord. Walker said the dog seemed terrified. He went to work quickly, tearing the phone apart and freeing the canine from the tightly wound cord.

When the police discovered what happened, they had a good laugh and explained to Walker the little information they had to go on when responding to the call.

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George's owner, college student Lydia Brown, is also relieved and a bit surprised. Brown says that usually her dog is pretty "dopey" and spends most of his time chewing socks. Good thing George had a moment of clarity--or perhaps pure luck--and dialed 999 to save his life.

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bearhair

So . . . you all realize that he didn't dial 999 . . . he happened to hit a number on the phone that was pre-programmed to dial the emergency number, right?

March 29 2012 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kayla Boyce

You realize no one said he INTENDED to dial 999, right? But it was a lucky thing that he did

April 01 2012 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CC

I don't know if its true, but if it is.....its adorable !!!
lol

March 29 2012 at 6:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick Potter

Also, this article has two pages. Click on 2 or Next......

March 29 2012 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick Potter

Click on "The Sun" (in blue) and the newspaper gives the full story.

March 29 2012 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hanrobecowen

Where is the rest of the story. The home is empty and.......

March 28 2012 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
billnritahouse

I love my three Basset Hounds, Lucy Lou, Betty Boop and Tootsie. They are faithful and loving dogs. We had two others, but they have gone on to doggy heaven..

March 28 2012 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joy

A very smart dog, to save his own life.

March 28 2012 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keithcllrn

Leon...this was in the U.K......but you are attentive

March 28 2012 at 11:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keithcllrn

The more people I meet...The better I admire dogs....bravo

March 28 2012 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MICHAEL

Are you sure, its not Bush's fauly

March 28 2012 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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