A puppy being trained to sniff for bombs at a New Zealand airport has been shot and killed after wandering into a secure area and causing several flight delays.
Grizz, a 10-month-old Bearded Collie-German Shorthaired Pointer mix, escaped from handlers in the early hours of March 15. He held up 16 different domestic and international flights while exploring the perimeter of the airport. Unable to call him back to the public area, airport staff chose to shoot the dog rather than delay flights any longer.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Airport staff spent 3 hours trying to capture the dog before they killed him. Inspector Tracy Phillips of Counties Manukau District Police said Aviation Security Service agents did all they could to handle the situation.
“Our thoughts are with the Avsec dog handler involved,” Phillips said. “This is not an outcome which anyone wanted, and police were only asked to be involved as a last resort.”