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Someone might want to check on the dogs in Minnesota.

St. Louis Park police in suburban Minneapolis responded to a home Wednesday to investigate a 911 hangup call — and when they arrived they discovered that a dog named Jack had been chewing on a cordless phone in the home, accidentally ringing up dispatchers, police said in a Facebook post about the incident on Thursday.

That incident comes just a few months after police in Lakeville, another suburb of the Twin Cities, reported that a pair of dogs made three 911 calls to dispatchers, according to a Twitter post from the department on Feb. 21.

“Did you two really need a potty break that bad?” Lakeville police asked on social media. “Pups advised of proper 911 etiquette.”

Police in St. Louis Park shared photos of the chewed-up phone along with the Facebook post.

They said the handset was “found in the mouth of a very good boy who lives on Edgewood Ave.” and apparently “CAN call 9-1-1.”

Officers said they gave Jack some advice on how to properly use 911, just as Lakeville police had in February.

Other than that, “everything was OK” at the home, police said.

Well, except the phone.

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Jared Gilmour is a McClatchy national reporter based in San Francisco. He covers everything from health and science to politics and crime. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and grew up in North Dakota.
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