Local DA who saves dog speaks out after heated 911 exchange with dispatcher

Corning Bureau

CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker is speaking out after Chemung County 911 released an audio Wednesday of a 911 phone call where Baker is heard in a heated exchange with a dispatcher.

The call took place Saturday while Baker and his family were looking for help after rescuing a dog wandering along a highway here in Chemung County.

Take a listen to the 911 Call:

Baker called 911 after picking up a dog off I-86 and was looking to connect with Animal Control.

After what Baker calls a “tense phone call” between Baker’s wife and a male dispatcher, Baker spoke with a female dispatcher in the audio released on Facebook.

Brooks spoke with 18 News on the phone after the audio was released, saying “unfortunately my temper may have gotten the better of me.”

Baker later told 18 News the dispatchers were “petty and small” for posting the audio of his call on Facebook.

Baker says the dispatcher wanted them to pull over on the freeway to wait for animal control, which Baker felt was unsafe because his young children were in the car during the recent snowstorm.

Baker’s wife posted about the situation on Facebook, prompting the 911 center to release the audio.

The dog was reunited with the caretakers when the owners of the dog came to Baker’s home. The owner of the dog was in labor, according to Baker, when the dog became loose.

18 News will have more on this story as information becomes available.

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