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.