It turns out that the "poopocalypse" that befell Jesse Newton's home (when his Roomba sucked up puppy poop and diligently spread it on every available surface of his house) was not a one-time event in the vacuuming world—a spokesman for iRobot, the maker of the Roomba, told the Guardian, "Quite honestly, we see this a lot."
He continued, "We generally tell people to try not to schedule your vacuum if you know you have dogs that may create such a mess. With animals anything can happen."
A neuroscientist identified only as Becca told the Guardian that she'd experienced a similar poop storm five to 10 times in the past two years, whenever the little vacuum encounters a stray piece of poop from one of her four cats. And Jonathan Williams, a marine biologist, has had the same catastrophe three times in the past several months, coming home to find "tread-marks of caked-in poop all over the house" when his Roomba encountered poop his pug had thoughtfully left on the floor.