By Olivia B. Waxman
July 31, 2015

A man wanted to press charges against his girlfriend and her cat because she let the feline eat his bacon, according to audio of an emergency call released this week by the West Yorkshire Police.

During the call, the operator calmly explained, “It’s not a criminal offense to let a cat eat your bacon, okay? And we don’t arrest cats. I’m very sorry.”

The authorities shared the audio with the Yorkshire Evening Post to show the public how much time is taken up by non-urgent phone calls, from complaints about expired food at the grocery store to a question about how to get a pigeon out of the house.

 

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