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Old 01-02-06, 06:41 PM
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Cat Calls 911 to Help Owner, Police Say

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060102/...s/911_cat_call

Mon Jan 2, 6:39 AM ET



COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police aren't sure how else to explain it. But when an officer walked into an apartment Thursday night to answer a 911 call, an orange-and-tan striped cat was lying by a telephone on the living room floor. The cat's owner, Gary Rosheisen, was on the ground near his bed having fallen out of his wheelchair.

Rosheisen said his cat, Tommy, must have hit the right buttons to call 911.

"I know it sounds kind of weird," Officer Patrick Daugherty said, unsuccessfully searching for some other explanation.

Rosheisen said he couldn't get up because of pain from osteoporosis and ministrokes that disrupt his balance. He also wasn't wearing his medical-alert necklace and couldn't reach a cord above his pillow that alerts paramedics that he needs help.

Daugherty said police received a 911 call from Rosheisen's apartment, but there was no one on the phone. Police called back to make sure everything was OK, and when no one answered, they decided to check things out.

That's when Daugherty found Tommy next to the phone.

Rosheisen got the cat three years ago to help lower his blood pressure. He tried to train him to call 911, unsure if the training ever stuck.

The phone in the living room is always on the floor, and there are 12 small buttons including a speed dial for 911 right above the button for the speaker phone.

"He's my hero," Rosheisen said.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Old 01-02-06, 06:49 PM
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Sounds like Monk episode. But very cool.
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I think the cat pushed him over. They can never be trusted.
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See? Cats are good.

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The cat did it, then called 911 to cover his tracks.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
See? Cats are good.

Tom -
Hey, you're supposed to be out shopping...
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I would have rather laid on the floor until the dog next door came over to make the call. Cats...ick.
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Originally Posted by atlantamoi
I would have rather laid on the floor until the dog next door came over to make the call. Cats...ick.
It's really funny how people really are "Dog people" or "cat people." I thought I could possibly be both. I tried to like dogs. I just can't. I just don't like dogs and couldn't imagine ever owning one. They stink, they try to lick you, they try to jump in your lap (even when their 100 lbs), and they are far too depedent. I'd take a cat any day -- even with their 'tudes. At least they clean themselves and are less likely to do business on your carpet.

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Originally Posted by DodgingCars
I'd take a cat any day -- even with their 'tudes.

Even with that look of contempt at their owners? The unrestrained hatred for the human race? Actually, an ex-girlfriend had a cat named Mr. Fluffer that gave me pause (paws?) for a year or two that maybe some cats were a-okay. But he still looked at me with disdain. I could feel it.

I don't think this cat called 9-11. He was probably trying to keep the owner from making the call.
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All you guys & girls =

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Looks like Mr. Jinks was taught well
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The man owed the cat money - bet on it.
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The only reason that cat called 911 is because it hadn't been fed.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
The only reason that cat called 911 is because it hadn't been fed.
I agree. The cat was probably trying to order a pizza and hit the wrong speed dial button.

I feel bad for the owner. Now this cat has learned that when ever he needs some attention all he has to do is press that little button. I hope my cats never learn this trick.
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Originally Posted by mrpayroll
The phone in the living room is always on the floor, and there are 12 small buttons including a speed dial for 911 right above the button for the speaker phone.
I have to admit, I started reading this article thinking it was BS because how could the cat hit the correct buttons in the correct order? Sounds like the cat had actually been trained to push the one speed-dial button when his owner was in trouble?

Or, it could be just this:
Originally Posted by Numanoid
The only reason that cat called 911 is because it hadn't been fed.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
The only reason that cat called 911 is because it hadn't been fed.
Originally Posted by Atreus
I agree. The cat was probably trying to order a pizza and hit the wrong speed dial button.


Probably. Cats knows who feeds 'em. They have loyalty for very good reasons, unlike brainwashed dogs. With a cat, you always know where you stand

It wasn't gonna let its source of food perish!

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