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Six stone Bernese mountain dog shot by police will be put down

By The Citizen  |  Posted: June 06, 2013

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A six stone dog which was shot then escaped after killing 10 sheep will be put down.

This morning Gloucestershire police said the Bernese mountain dog's owners took the decision after it returned home and was treated by vets for gunshot injuries.

When police were called to Clifford's Mesne near Newent on Tuesday evening they found a dog guarding two dead lambs and a ewe but it was so aggressive that armed officers were called.

They believed they had shot and killed it but it escaped, only to return home late on Tuesday.

The Bernese mountain dog had been missing from its local home for several days. It killed eight lambs and two ewes.

Today a Gloucestershire Constabulary spokeswoman confirmed the dog was treated by a vet for non-life threatening injuries. She said the dog's owners had decided to have it put down, although the force had not asked them to take that step.

On Tuesday, unarmed officers tried to approach the male animal to safely remove it but he was aggressive with them and despite numerous attempts they were unable to contain the dog, which may have been up to six stone in weight.

Because of the potential harm to the public, police officers and other animals in the area, armed officers were called.

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

Officers continued to look for the dog during daylight on Wednesday June 5 and a member of the public reported seeing a dog acting aggressively in the area during the evening and searches continued.

The pet's owner was kept informed and updated throughout the incident and at 7am this morning they informed police that it had returned home of its own accord.

An investigation will be carried out as to whether any offences have been committed by the dog’s owner.

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  • Labradorlover  |  June 07 2013, 7:58AM

    Is there any proof that this dog was responsible. Bernese mountain mountain dogs are mild mannered and bred as working farm dogs. Walking on May Hill with my Labrador we came across a dead sheep once he just sat next to the poor thing and started barking (could be seen as aggression by somebody who didn't know him). He had a pleading look in his eyes as if he was asking me to help. He would not leave the sheep. I had to put him on his lead and drag him away. When I felt we were far enough away I let him off his lead. He ran straight back to the dead sheep and started barking again. This happened three times and in the end I had to take him home. The incident clearly upset him. I do hope that this dog was not shot through ignorance and ultimately euthanised in error. Why was a vet not called to tranquillise it?

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  • TimMessanger  |  June 07 2013, 12:33AM

    Bomkin well said, a 6 stone dog is a large target, if it's moving then a "clean shot" that will kill can be quite difficult (mass vs vital organs), you'll probably get the badgerists on here now saying they shouldn't have shot the dog as it's a living being and as such you have no right to "murder" it!

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  • Bonkim2003  |  June 06 2013, 3:16PM

    The Police did the best they could given the circumstances - well done. Owners of such dangerous dogs need to safeguard the public and farm animals around where they live and not let the dog roam around free.

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  • It was up to 6 stone, so are we being lead to believe it could of been the size of a jack Russel to the size of a Labrador? As Spindles12 said if you can't get a clean shot why attempted it at all. I can only assume they let a work experience lad take the shot.

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  • spindles12  |  June 06 2013, 8:34AM

    So this "dangerous" dog is even more dangerous because of the cack-handed way the police dealt with it! Why attempt to shoot a dog if you can't get a good, clean shot at it. Aren't the police marksmen supposed to be highly trained, if so how could they manage to injure what sounds like a sitting target? As for there being poor light so they couldn't find the carcass, it's still light at 10.00pm so how come they couldn't find it at 8.30? The police have just made the situation a heck of a lot worse.

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