A Missouri woman has been fined $100 for calling 911 when her dog collapsed, telling the dispatcher her animal was a “daughter,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. When Rose Lakey’s Great Dane, Oreo, stopped breathing on Easter Sunday evening, Lakey, 47, called 911 but in what she says was a panic, used the term daughter. Emergency workers thought they were rushing to save a child. “I honestly did not call trying to lie to them,” she said. The dog later died.
Lakey was ticketed by the city of O’Fallon for making a false report. Yesterday, she pleaded guilty in municipal court and paid a $100 fine. Police and an ambulance arrived at the Lakeys’ home with lights on and sirens blaring. When a paramedic entered the room and saw what was going on, Lakey said the woman threw her hands up in the air and said, “It’s just a dog.” O’Fallon city spokesman Tom Drabelle said at least five emergency vehicles and a dozen emergency workers responded to the Lakey home, thinking a child was in danger.