A prosecutor's canine companion set tails wagging when it was an uninvited guest at a sentencing at Shrewsbury Crown Court on Tuesday.
The lawyer, who was discussing the case via video link, had to scramble from his desk and usher his four-legged friend into another room as it loudly barked for the courtroom to hear.
The periwigged Recorder Anthony Warner said sternly: "There appears to be a dog in court, when there shouldn't be."
After moving the dog out of his office, the prosecutor replied: "All is calm!"
The hearing was adjourned for non dog-related administrative purposes.