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Medic 'shocked' over emergency call for dead dog

The caller hung up before the dispatcher could get details on the patient who was 'fitting;' the medic rushed to what she though was a potentially life threatening situation

PRESTON, United Kingdom — A paramedic said she was “shocked” to be called out to a potentially life threatening emergency only to discover that the patient was, in fact, a dog.

Earlier this week the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, received a 999 call from an address in Preston, reporting a male was fitting, but, before the dispatcher could take any more details, the caller hung up and did not answer follow-up calls.

Fearing the worst a paramedic was sent to the address, racing through traffic, using blue lights and sirens, to the scene of the emergency.

Read full storyParamedic’s “shock” after ca-nine nine nine call out

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Autumn Hutchison Autumn Hutchison Friday, March 07, 2014 8:11:27 PM I work in the ER. I was in triage one night, where there is a direct view of the lobby doors. A car races up with flashers on. A man jumps out and runs in. I'm on my way to the door to help. He wants to know if we can save his dog because he thinks the dog is dead. Really? First of all this isn't the vet. Second of all, dead is dead.

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