In news from New Zealand, a 10 month old a 10-month old Bearded Collie-German Shorthaired Pointer cross named Grizz, which was working at Auckland Airport, New Zealand as a trainee sniffer dog was shot dead by Police, after it escaped and ran onto the runaway. The incident caused flights leaving and arriving at Auckland International to be delayed.
The Auckland Police spent nearly three hours trying to catch the Dog, trying various incentives to nab the canine including, food, toys and other dogs, but the police were unable to apprehend Grizz, who then kept on sprinting across the airports runways, which then caused a major hazard and problem for planes landing and taking off from the Airport.
“We tried everything: food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work,” said Mr Richards, adding that the area was “too vast and too open” to erect temporary fencing.
Airport officials finally ordered police to shoot Grizz.
“We exhausted every option available and could not catch it,” an Auckland Airport spokesman told the BBC.
When asked why the dog could not be tranquilised, the spokesman said: “I do not have the answer to that. But there were no tranquiliser guns at the airport, and the police do not have them either.”
She said tranquilisation would be part of an incident review undertaken by Avsec.
New Zealand animal rights organisation Safe said it was “appalled about the needless killing of this dog”.
“A tranquilliser gun should have been used after efforts to catch the dog failed. If such a gun was not available – which it should – then they could have borrowed one from Auckland Zoo or elsewhere,” a spokesman was quoted as saying