Man Calls Police After Hearing An Intruder Upstairs. Here’s What They Found.

When they received the call from a distressed young man, deputies from California’s Sonoma County were ready for action.

It happened last week, when an 18-year-old began to panic after his dogs began to bark furiously. The young man thought there must be an intruder after he heard unusual sounds coming from inside the house.

He grabbed his dogs, locked himself in a room and dialed 911. But when police got there, they ran into something unexpected.

Department spokesperson Spencer Crum explained,

“We came out and he’s all afraid, thinking there’s a prowler in his house. Several deputies arrived and went in the house, a couple of others stayed outside to search the exterior. One of the deputies outside the house heard this scratching noise.”

That’s when they found who was making all the commotion.


“He shined his light around the house and saw this dog sticking his head out a skylight on the roof. The deputy said — and I quote — ‘At that point we ditched all tactics and died laughing,” Crum explained.

The intruder was just the young man’s Great Dane, enjoying a pleasant evening in the skylight.

Sonoma County Sheriff Office
Sonoma County Sheriff Office

Turns out the dog had somehow gotten into an upstairs bedroom—and as he was so tall, was able to poke his head through the roof. The rest of the dogs were frantically barking because they were unable to join their dog friend on the roof.

Crum continued, “I’ve done this job for 25 years, and there’s been a lot of strange calls. A dog mistaken for an intruder in his own home? That’s pretty abnormal.”