A woman called 999 to say her cat was “doing her head in” because it was playing with string, a police force has said.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) released audio footage of the call to remind people that the 999 service should not be abused. Between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, GMP received 1,377 999 calls, but only a fraction were genuine emergencies.
The woman, who appears to have a slurred voice, can be heard saying that her cat was playing with string and it was “doing her head in”.
She said it was an emergency because it had “been going on for two hours now”.
In another call a man contacted 999 to say he was stuck on a patch of ice in a street in Bolton and was too scared to go forwards or backwards.
GMP's head of call handling, Superintendent Karan Lee, said: “I urge people to think first and only dial 999 in an emergency, where there is threat to life or property, so that we can focus on the real emergencies.”