Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens is reminding citizens of the proper uses of 911.
In about the past month, the department has received several calls from people asking for the regular telephone number. Two people have called 911 to report injured pigeons, and a man called 911 while on break at a factory to report he locked his keys in his car in the parking lot.
"Those are not the proper usages of 911," the chief said.
Stevens said it is a crime to misuse a 911 system, which ties up the line for those who need it.
Over the years, the sheriff's office has had a large number of calls that have come in for uses of 911 that aren't what it really is intended for, Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said.
Typically, a dispatcher will ask the caller to call back on a regular line to free up the 911 line, he said.
It is possible the 911 line can ring busy.
Eckelberry said there are five answer points in Seneca County: two in the county, two in Tiffin and one in Fostoria. If the sheriff's office were to have two 911 calls, the calls then should roll over to Tiffin or Fostoria.
He said it is not often he sees all lines taken up.
"Usually, there's an open one between the five locations," he said.