I'm no animal hater, but the people in this situation clearly didn't have what it takes to own a pet, let alone care for one. Hey, I know. Shit happens and circumstances can't be dictated in emergencies. But calling 911 in a panic? As another poster mentioned; the hell are they going to do when they get there? That's if they even come. They'll ask you what's the emergrency over the phone, probably laugh at you, and hang up in your face. All the while, someone could be dying on the other side of town while a call was clearly wasted. Again, I like animals as well. But that'd be no better than a parent calling a vet for their choking baby. Hey, they panicked and the closest number listed on the fridge was the vet's number. Go figure.
Again, chastising P.E.T.A. remarks are not necessary.