Aggressive dog shot, killed after biting its owner 20 times

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Roberta Bell, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

BARRIE, Ont. -- Police shot and killed a dog Friday morning they say is vicious and bit its owner more than 20 times.

A member of the public found the dog -- a medium-sized golden retriever -- around 8:30 a.m. in the same area from where it went missing the night before, Const. Graeme Knox said.

"Because of the aggressive issues, the violence...we had to shoot it," he said.

The dog turned on its owner at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

Police responded to the call and shot the dog in an attempt to subdue it. Although the dog appeared injured, it evaded police, who'd brought a canine unit to try and locate the dog.

Police issued a warning to the public Thursday night about the missing dog and its unpredictable behaviour.

Knox said the dog's owner -- a 35-year-old woman who runs a rescue service for abused animals -- was taken to hospital, where she was treated for the bites and also for rabies.

"There was some concern over whether (the dog) had had its shots," he said.

Knox said police have no further information about the dog, including how long it had been with its current owner or any history of aggression.

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