Traffic police have to be ready for any eventuality on the roads, but it was wayward pets that gave one policeman the runaround in Wiltshire on Sunday.
PC Mark Wallace had been driving through the village of Seend in the southern county over the weekend when he spotted nine pedigree puppies and their mother wandering along without an owner. PC Wallace managed to usher the mother into the safety of a car that had stopped to help. Rounding up the puppies however proved more difficult.
The traffic policeman attempted to corral the puppies into the back of his unmarked police BMW, however getting all of the dogs to stay inside the car proved challenging, reports thisiswiltshire.co.uk: “It was ridiculous, as fast as I was trying to get the puppies in the back of my car they were jumping out again,” said Wallace.
It really was like something from 101 Dalmatians. As I wasn’t able to open the door to place them inside, I wound down the rear nearside window and placed them onto the back seat, one at a time.
The 45-year-old officer added: “It really was like something from 101 Dalmatians. As I wasn’t able to open the door to place them inside, I wound down the rear nearside window and placed them onto the back seat, one at a time.”
The puppies hadn’t finished misbehaving though and proceeded to test out the in-car camera, radio and blue flashing lights. PC Wallace continued: “There is a lot of hard work in policing but this day I was laughing my head off. It was absolute chaos and so funny.”
The Weimaraners and Australian Sheepdogs from two different litters were taken to Trowbridge Police station and returned to their owner, believed to be a dog breeder, later that day. The owner said that the dogs must have escaped from the house after a door was left ajar.
Picture: Calne Police