A police dog was shot and killed while chasing suspected criminals in Bronkhorstspruit on Thursday morning, Gauteng police said. Police received three reports of attempted house break-ins in the area and sent their dog unit to a local golf course to wait for the suspected criminals, who often used it as a thoroughfare, said Inspector Sanet Lourens. Around 4.30am the dog unit spotted people crossing the course and ordered them to stop, but they ran away. Police released their dog and it gave chase. It was believed the dog tackled one of the suspected criminals. Its handlers heard a shot and the dog yelping. They found the dog had been shot and wounded and rushed it to the Roodeplaat dog school. It died before they arrived. "It was a very good dog," said Lourens.  Sapa