Woman pays fine for calling 911 about dog collapse

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Missouri woman has paid a $100 fine for calling 911 to report her dog had collapsed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Rose Lakey of O'Fallon referred to the Great Dane as her "daughter" when she made the emergency call on Easter Sunday. She said Wednesday -- the day she paid the fine -- that the word "daughter" came out accidentally.

Regardless, Lakey was accused of misusing 911. After initially pleading not guilty, Lake decided to dispose of the municipal charge.

Lakey and her husband had just finished walking the 140-pound dog, Oreo, when the animal collapsed. She said she called 911 in a panic. Emergency workers helped get Oreo to an animal hospital, but the dog died.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 01:53 PM
    I can understand her being upset. When you care for an animal, you can become very attached. Animals are some people's children. Why can't there be a emergency number to call for animal emergencys? People spend so much time and money on their animals and build up attcahments to them then there should be a number to call incase there is a emergency, don't you think ?
  • by kathy Location: enterprise on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    you know , to most of us , our pets are family ,, and in panic, stuff can happen . I think the fee is totaly wrong ... to that family that dog was proably like a daughter ...stuff like that makes me mad ... anything to make a buck
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