A couple of weeks ago, California’s Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call from an 18-year-old man in distress.

The man was home alone and his dogs were frantically barking. Upon closer observation, he heard strange noises coming from within the home and decided to dial 911 — only after barricading himself and his pets from the suspected intruder.

“We came out and he’s all afraid, thinking there’s a prowler in his house,” department spokesperson Spencer Crum said. “Several deputies arrived and went in the house, a couple of others stayed outside to search the exterior.”

The deputies at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in California are no strangers to emergency phone calls with unexpected resolutions… and this story is no exception.

Recently, a young man in distress placed an urgent phone call to the Sheriff’s department.

The 18-year-old caller was home at night when his dogs started barking in a panic.

He knew something just wasn’t right, and as the minutes passed, he was convinced someone had broken into the house.

Once the strange noises started, the terrified man locked himself away with his dogs and called 911 to report a home intruder.

Deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene. While some deputies entered the home, others remained outside to patrol the property.

While standing on the front lawn, one deputy heard scratching sounds outside the house.

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He pointed his flashlight up to the skylight.

That’s when everyone involved realized the hilarious truth — that the home intruder was a goofy Great Dane!

The giant dog popped his head out of the skylight just as the deputy shined his light on the roof.

He belonged to the homeowner, who he “failed to account for in all the panic.”

he deputies dropped their guard and gleefully put the pieces of the story together.

While Dad wasn’t looking, his Great Dane had wandered upstairs where he knew he was big and tall enough to peek his head outside, enjoy the sights and smells, and watch the cars go by.

The man’s smaller dogs were frantically barking not because a stranger was inside the house, but because they couldn’t reach their canine sibling upstairs.

Crum said he’s worked for the Sheriff’s department for 25 years, and this is definitely a first.

“A dog mistaken for an intruder in his own home? That’s pretty abnormal.”

Take this as a lesson: Next time you’re worried there’s a stranger in your house, make sure all your four-legged friends are accounted for!