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Uproar in New Zealand after sniffer dog shot

Police directed to shoot security dog         
          Tauranga flights were delayed due to the incident this morning Police directed to shoot security dog Tauranga flights were delayed due to the incident this morning
Howard Terry | 18 March, 2017, 01:06

Flights from New Zealand's Auckland Airport are returning to schedule after a runaway dog near the tarmac was shot dead by police because it was delaying planes taking off.

Ten-month-old Grizz was killed by police on Thursday after officials spent three hours failing to capture it in an incident that led to 16 flights being delayed for several hours.

Sixteen domestic and global flights were delayed for safety reasons on Friday morning while the canine was on the loose for three hours in the airfield.

Police in New Zealand made the hard decision to shoot an airport security dog after it ran onto the airfield.

Police can confirm that Auckland Airport staff directed police to shoot the AVSEC dog which was loose at the airport this morning.

Many New Zealanders are questioning the use of a firearm to contain the dog, suggesting non-lethal methods could have been used.

"This is not an outcome which anyone wanted", Phillips said.

"He managed to get air side [into the] security area when a gate opened to let a truck through, " Richards said. Do you shoot passengers that delay flights as well?

Eventually airport officials ordered police to shoot Grizz.

The safety of the dog and people on the ground and in the air were paramount in the decision-making, an spokesperson for the airport added.

Grizz, a ten-month-old bearded collie cross, was six months away from graduating as an explosives detector dog when he was shot dead by police marksman shortly after dawn. "If such a gun was not available - which it should - then they could have borrowed one from Auckland Zoo or elsewhere", he added.

"They were trying to catch a dog for three hours, that gives them ample time to locate a tranquilizer gun and solve the problem", said Hans Kriek, an animal welfare activist.

Mr Richards said the fact that the incident took place very early in the morning did not help as it was pitch black for the first two hours and Grizz simply could not be found.

Ms Williams said the dog must have been badly spooked to be uncatcheable.

One commentator wrote on Twitter: "As a dog lover, I find this disgusting".

Avsec said it is investigating what spooked him and whether any lessons can be learned for future training.

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