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Shooting of dog at Auckland Airport

Shooting of dog at Auckland Airport

An airport security dog has been shot dead by police in New Zealand after it escaped from its handler, causing flight delays.

Grizz, a 10-month old security dog, was being put into a vehicle in the public area of the airport, when an Aviation Security Service (Avsec) spokesperson said "something" caused the dog to escape.

Sixteen domestic and worldwide flights were delayed as airport ground staff attempted to catch Grizz after he broke away from his handler about 4am.

Adam Morris, a passenger on one of the delayed flights, posted on twitter that he had been told the dog was "still at large" when his plane took off from Tauranga but that airport staff still hoped to catch it.

Police shot the dog, named Grizz, at the direction of Auckland Airport staff.

The Aviation Security Service (Avsec) said the young dog fled its handler while it was being loaded into the back of a unit wagon. "This is not an outcome which anyone wanted", he said.

He got to a secure area when a truck passed through a security gate. During this time, 16 flights were delayed. "The dog was clearly distressed and wouldn't let anyone near it so the decision was made to shoot..."

Many people in New Zealand were upset the dog was killed and some questioned why it couldn't have been tranquillized instead.

Animal charities hit out at the decision to destroy the dog rather than first trying to contain him with a tranquiliser gun.

"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".

"They shot the dog dead".

"Our dog teams search for any explosives in vehicle parks, navigation facilities, unattended cars and unattended items/bags, cargo, and aircraft", the website said.

She said tranquilisation would be part of an incident review undertaken by Avsec.

Mr Richards said a huge search was launched in "pitch black" conditions but when Grizz was finally found he would not let anyone near him and kept sprinting across the runway.

The dog was being handled by Noel Thorburn at the airport before he escaped, tvnz.co.nz reported.

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