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Bomb detecting dog in training shot and killed at New Zealand airport

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A dog being trained to detect bombs at New Zealand’s Auckland Airport was shot by police — under orders from the airport — after he ran off from his handlers and caused flights to be delayed.

Airport officials said handlers, security staff and police officers spent three hours trying to capture the dog.

But, after 16 flights had to be delayed, they gave police the go ahead to shoot the 10-month-old border collie and German shorthaired pointer mix. They insisted it was a last resort.

The shooting was condemned by animal rights activists and others.

The dog, named Grizz, was training to be an Aviation Security explosion detector and was six months away from graduation, CNN reported.

After handlers tried unsuccessfully to recapture him, and to coax him off the runway, airport staff told police to shoot him.

Then they got on Twitter and reported he had been recaptured.

Not until an hour later did they reveal the dog had been killed.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Grizz was not on the tarmac but on the outer perimeter of the airfield when he was shot.

SAFE for Animals Ambassador Hans Kriek condemned the killing, asking why the animal wasn’t tranquilized, but a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said he “didn’t believe” that had been an option.

Grizz escaped from his handler at around 4.30 a.m. Friday (local time) and ran out onto the tarmac at Auckland Airport, according to the CAA spokesman.

“He was on an initial airport environment socialization program as part of his training … The airport Emergency Operations Center was activated and a full search was commenced,” he said in a statement.

But the spokesman said it was too dark and the area too large to quickly find and contain the puppy.

“We tried everything, food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work … In these difficult circumstances the Airport’s Emergency Operations Center team decided to have the dog destroyed,” he said

Animal activist Kriek said other alternatives should have been explored.

“Ultimately they have to call the police in to shoot the dog, and the police have access to tranquilizer guns, and there’s also a zoo nearby that would have one as well. So we don’t understand why they didn’t do that,” he said.

An airport spokesman said the question of a tranquilizer gun, and the entire incident, would be reviewed.

Comments

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time March 17, 2017 at 9:54 am

Ridiculous. Infuriating! The indispensabilty and disregard for dogs is a growing dysfunction in the world. I am so tired of reading stories like this. Kill, kill, kill… The solution to every inconvenience. I hate people!

Comment from Donna Steinmetz
Time March 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

I cannot believe you took three hours to catch a puppy and not one person thought to call animal control to get a dog catcher out there or a tranquilizer gun??
Not too bright are we?
Beautiful life put down bc humans didn’t ‘think’!
So very sad.

Comment from Diane
Time March 19, 2017 at 8:13 am

I agree; there are so many things which _could_ have been done, and they were not done. It is sickening and tragic. Humans are so short-sighted and small-brained at times. -sigh-

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