Wild hunting dogs escape from zoo

THREE wild hunting dogs have escaped from a zoo, police said today.

THREE wild hunting dogs have escaped from a zoo, police said today.

Members of the public are being urged not to approach the dholes, which look similar to foxes, after they escaped earlier today.

A number of the animals broke free from their enclosure at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Bekesbourne, near Canterbury and all but three have since been recaptured.

Police have launched a search in the surrounding countryside, and armed officers are on standby.

The dogs are not thought to pose a significant risk to the public, and a spokeswoman for the park said they would likely be trying to find their way back.

Anyone who sees the dogs should call Kent Police on 01622 690690.