Limpopo - Four men who broke into a Groblersdal farmer's house and shot his dog in an attempted robbery have been arrested after a 12-hour manhunt involving the local community, Beeld reported on Friday.

Georgie Mills, 61, was asleep at home when he was confronted by four armed robbers, who shot his dog.

Mills alerted his security company, and the men ran off. Around 20 local farmers and a police officer then began searching for them.

With the help of a helicopter, the men were seen hiding in a game reserve about 10km from the scene of the crime, and were arrested.

They were found to be in possession of a packet of cigarettes belonging to Mills, and an unlicensed firearm.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ronel Otto said the men would appear in the Groblersdal Magistrate's Court on Friday, on charges of attempted murder and robbery. - Sapa