Bruce Gardner of Orem said he had only been at work for about 10 minutes around 9 a.m. Wednesday when he received a call from his home phone, The (Salt Lake City) Deseret News reported Friday.
"I knew nobody was home, so I answered it," he said. "I said, 'Hello,' and all I could hear in the background was all this rustling noise. I wasn't quite sure what it was.
"My mind immediately went to, 'I'm being robbed,'" Gardner said.
However, Gardner and police arrived at the house to find there were no burglars.
Gardner said it wasn't until later in the evening when he thought to dial his home number from his cellphone while standing in his back yard.
"I called it, and I could hear the ring. I started going toward the sound and found it out here in the garden," he said.
Gardner said he determined his dog, Maya, had found the phone, which he apparently left outside, chewed it up and buried it in the garden.
"She must have hit redial, and what I could hear was her playing with this phone and chewing the phone up," he said.
Gardner said he explained the situation to police and apologized.
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