A faithful hound who worked as a bomb-sniffing dog at a New Zealand airport was shot and killed early Friday morning. The reason? He broke free from his handlers and began running around near the tarmac, holding up as many as 16 flights from taking off in the process.
Grizz, a 10-month-old bearded collie mix, was on the path to becoming an airport security dog at the Auckland Airport. On Friday at around 4:00 am, though, Grizz managed to wriggle out of his trainer’s grasp and run loose.
“Auckland Airport staff directed police to shoot the Avsec dog, which was loose at the airport this morning,” said Inspector Tracy Phillips. “This followed considerable efforts over several hours by Avsec and airport staff to contain the dog after It was first reported to be loose at 4am. This is not an outcome anyone wanted, and police were only asked to be involved as a last resort.”
Avsec spokesman Mike Richards echoed the statement, claiming that his agency “had no option but to request police to shoot the dog,” noting that multiple airlines were losing massive amounts of money with every passing minute.
Now, Kiwis everywhere are taking to social media to blast the authorities for not using an alternative method, like a tranquilizer gun. However, veterinarians have been quick to note that tranquilizer guns are not exactly a ubiquitous item in many parts of the world and that an improper dosage of drugs could have potentially proven lethal anyway.