POLICE have not received any confirmation that a loose dog which was first seen on Saturday evening has been found.

Officers are continuing with enquiries to establish how the dog came to be in the area around Ashley Heath and where the animal currently is.

As reported, Dorset Police issued an image appeal to find the owner of the dog after receiving calls from 7pm onwards on May 14 that it was in the road in the area of Horton Road, Three Legged, Cross, causing a hazard to traffic.

This included sightings of the dog on the A31.

Inspector Tracy Santoni, of Dorset Police, said the dog was showing “signs of aggression” when approached so it had not been possible to take it to safety.

On Monday, May 16, reports on social media suggested the dog had been found and taken in to safety.

However, police said they had received no such confirmation.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Further sightings of the dog were reported in the area of St Ives near Ringwood on Sunday, May 15, and no further sightings have been reported since.

“Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding how the dog came to be in the area and to establish where the dog is currently.

“We would urge anyone who can assist with information to please contact us dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence 55220076708.”