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Florida woman busted for misuse of 911 after asking for a deputy to round up her dog

Julie Franks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Twice, a Groveland area woman called 911 to say she wanted a Lake County deputy sheriff to come to her home and get her dog back inside.

Twice, she was told by a deputy that 911 calls are for life-and-death emergencies only.

When Julie Franks, 64, called 911 a third time, a report said she told the deputy who responded — and reminded her again of the purpose of 911 — “Shut the (expletive) up and get my dog!”

The deputy arrested Franks for misuse of 911 and contacted animal control to take custody of the dog that was running around the property on Villa City Road — prompting a tirade against the deputy, the report said.

Franks told the deputy “she would kill me multiple times, multiple different ways because I was taking her dog,” the report said.

The first call came in at 7:50 p.m. Friday, followed by a second call two hours later. The deputy said he told Franks “that she was intoxicated and she needed to stop calling 911. … The defendant stated she understood and would not call again.”

But she dialed the emergency line again at 10:17 p.m., the report said.

Franks, who also was charged with threatening the deputy, was released from the Lake County Jail after posting $3,000 bond.

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