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Police searching for dangerous dog

The public is being warned about a dangerous and aggressive large dog on the loose.

Armed police have shot and wounded the animal - a bernese mountain dog - but it remains at large in Gloucestershire.

The dog is believed to have been missing from its home for several days and has attacked and killed sheep in Cliffords Mesne, near Newent.

Police said the dog is thought to have become aggressive and attacked the sheep on Tuesday night.

"Police were called to the farmland and tried to approach the animal to safely remove it but the animal was aggressive and officers were unable to contain it," the spokeswoman 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. Officers continued to look for the dog during daylight today.

"A member of the public reported seeing a dog acting aggressively in the area this evening and armed officers are currently continuing their search in the area.

"Anyone who sees the animal is advised not to approach it and to call the police immediately by dialling 999."

Police added that the pet's owner has been informed of the incident.

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