Luckily, the same is (hopefully) not true of Bernese Mountain dogs. But it seems Gloucester Police aren't taking any chances:
A dangerous and aggressive dog is being hunted by police after it attacked and killed a number of sheep.Just the usual story? Well, no. There’s a wrinkle with this one!
"Police were called to farmland and tried to approach the animal to safely remove it but the animal was aggressive and officers were unable to contain it," a Gloucestershire Constabulary spokeswoman said last night.
"Due to the potential harm to the public and other animals in the area firearms officers shot…Hurrah! Hail the conquering hero!
… and wounded the dog.Oh. Right. Well, I suppose it is a smaller target than a cow or a horse…
"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. "What, too scared to go into the woods on foot after dark to look for it? With your armed colleagues and the farce helicopter to help?
Or did you have some research to do?
"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."If a member of the public gets bitten by the dog you wounded, I bet the compensation claim will be very interesting!
Honestly, this is the sort of story that makes me wish the 'Inspector Gadget' blog was still around so I could go over there to read their excuses for this latest cock-up and their protestations that of course this didn't mean that they shouldn't all be armed...
Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman said: "The pet's owner was kept informed and updated throughout the incident and at 7am today they informed police that it had returned home of its own accord."
The dog is now receiving treatment from a vet and police are investigating whether its owner has committed an offence.Probably find their ‘expert firearms officers’ hit it in the foot…