Gloucestershire

Dog shot by police near Newent returns home

A dog shot and injured by police after it was thought to have attacked and killed a number of sheep in Gloucestershire has returned home.

Police said they tried to approach the Bernese mountain dog at Cliffords Mesne, near Newent, early on Wednesday but were unable to contain it.

An overnight police hunt failed to find the dog, but its owner said it returned home "of its own accord" at 07:00 BST.

The dog had been missing from its home in Cliffords Mesne for several days.

A police spokesman said they had been called to farmland on Tuesday evening and had tried to approach the animal to "safely remove it", but it was aggressive and officers were unable to control it.

He said: "Due to the potential harm to the public and other animals in the area firearms officers shot and wounded the dog.

"The officers believed the dog had been destroyed but, despite a search of the area, the animal wasn't found."

The extent of the animal's injuries are not yet known and officers said it was now being treated by a vet.

Police said an investigation would be carried out to find out if any offences had been committed by the dog's owner.

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