Is the robot uprising nigh? Last year, police in Oregon responded to a suspected burglary that turned out to be just a Roomba trapped in a bathroom. Now, in a recent weekly roundup on its Facebook page, the Ballwin Police Department in Missouri is sharing this odd story of law enforcement confronting an automated vacuum gone rogue: “Officers were dispatched to a residence in regards to a dog that had gotten sucked up by a robot vacuum. Upon arrival, the incident was easy to find as you could hear the chorus of a screaming mother, an upset newborn, and a yelping K-9 within a significant radius of the residence. Officers were able to free the dog from the robot vacuum, who apparently had his tail sucked up while taking a respite.”
Police had to cut fur off the dog’s tail to release it from the vacuum’s grip, department spokesman Mike Burgoyne told the Associated Press, adding that the dog was shaken but not hurt — much to the grateful family’s relief.