West Midlands Police have requested that the public consider the nature of their complaint before dialling 999.
It comes after an elderly woman called the emergency number to complain about a large amount of poo outside her home.
She told the operator: "I don't know whether I'm making a big fuss.
"I've been out outside to put rubbish in the containers and there's been a lot of excretia in the garden and I'm wondering whether it's dogs, or if it's humans or what.
"It is really making me feel sick. I don't know whether I'm making a terrible fuss.
In this weather it's not healthy."
The call handler was quick to remind her that it was a matter for her local council to investigate.
You can listen to the call here. It may need to be unmuted.