Baxter County officials warn of dangerous animal

UPDATE (8:40 a.m.):

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office has canceled the alert, saying the canine/wolf mix has been returned to its owner.

ORIGINAL REPORT: (7:45 a.m.):

BUFORD, Ark. (AP) - The Baxter County Sheriff's Office ways a canine/wolf hybrid mix has escaped its pen this afternoon in the Buford area.

Sheriff John Montgomery says the animal's owner notified authorities Monday that the animal was not in its pen when she arrived home. The owner also reported that some of her other animals had been killed.

Montgomery says the animal is a potential danger to people and to other animals in the vicinity.

It is believed this is the same animal that escaped once before and attempted to bite a person in February.

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