Sunday, May 15, 2011
Dog Pee Leads To False Bomb Scare
Chihuahua lifts leg, causes New York bomb scare
May 14 2011 02:27PM CST
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A Chihuahua that wasn't housebroken indirectly set off a bomb scare at a New York courthouse.
On Friday, May 13, 19-year-old Melvin Ruffin arrived at a court complex in Central Islip following a long bus ride from his home in Bellport.
During the trip, another passenger's Chihuahua urinated on his backpack.
Not wanting to stink up the court house, he stashed the wet bag in some bushes while he went inside to answer a disorderly conduct citation.
A retired cop with nothing better to do than hang out at the courthouse spotted the bag, assumed an imminent terrorist attack and alerted security.
A bomb squad was called in and a robot used to determine that the bag didn't contain anything more harmful than a foul odor.
Ruffin told reporters that authorities let him off with a warning to be more careful next time about where he left his stuff. The youth had not broken any law.
There was no word on whether the chihuahua would be charged with making a terrorist threat.
NY taxpayers of course footed the bill for the bomb squad investigation.