Sudbury police say a "miscommunication" between a frustrated caller and animal shelter staff was the reason behind the facility's closure Tuesday afternoon.

Police said that shortly before 2:00 p.m., they received a call from city staff about a verbal threat aimed at a shelter employee.

After investigating, police said there was no offence committed. Police said a "miscommunication and misunderstanding in relation to choice of words" ended up closing the shelter for the remainder of the day.

Officers spoke to the individual and cautioned them on how words can be perceived over the phone.