Nov 26, 2019 1:56 PM

Missouri police free dog from clutches of vacuum cleaner

Posted Nov 26, 2019 1:56 PM

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Police were called this week to free a small dog from the clutches of an automated vacuum cleaner.

Ballwin, Missouri officers received a call that a Roomba vacuum had sucked up the tail of a shih tzu mix dog as it napped in a front room.

Police spokesman Mike Burgoyne says that when officers arrived they could hear a dog yelping, a woman screaming and a newborn baby crying.

The officers cut fur off the dog’s tail to free it from the Roomba’s grip. Burgoyne says the dog was shaken but not injured.

He says the family was “definitely thankful, and the officers put an end to “a pretty hectic start to their day.”