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The 51-year-old woman involved in a monthlong standoff with authorities shot a police dog through the nose Sunday after officers sent pepper spray into her house, authorities said.

Shirley Allen, who appears to be at the "end of her rope," also fired a shot when police used mirrors on long sticks to peer into her farmhouse, but no one was injured, State Police Director Terrance Gainer said. The dog was being treated at a veterinary hospital.

Police drove an all-terrain vehicle around the woman's back yard several times to attract her attention and sent nine canisters of pepper spray into her home. They also broke several windows and a sliding glass door and sent a German shepherd named J.D. through the broken door to find Ms. Allen. She fired once at the dog and sent a bullet through one side of its nose and out the other, Gainer said.

Ms. Allen has held off police from her home in rural Christian County since Sept. 22.

The situation started when three sheriff's deputies and her brother tried to serve her commitment papers and take her to a hospital for a psychological examination. Her family said she had grown increasingly unstable.

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