A ten-month-old sniffer dog was shot dead by police at an airport in New Zealand after escaping its handler and causing delays to flights.
Bearded collie cross Grizz's death has sparked outrage among animal lovers and charities who have questioned why the puppy was not contained with a tranquiliser gun.
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The Aviation Security Service (Avsec) said Grizz fled his handler while being loaded into the back of a unit wagon.
According to Radio New Zealand, he managed to get into the security area and airport staff spent around three hours trying to catch him, using toys, other dogs and food.
When all attempts failed, police were told to shoot him as a last resort.
Unfortunately an Aviation Security dog was shot this morn @AKL_Airport staff had tried for 3 hours to catch it our thoughts are with handler— Auckland Airport (@AKL_Airport) March 16, 2017
Avsec spokesman Mike Richards said police and Grizz's handlers were "absolutely devastated".
Hans Kriek, director of Save Animals from Exploitation, told News.com.au: "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."
Another tweeted: "I am so angry that auckland airport and the police shot grizz dead... he was just a puppy #shameonyou #ripgrizz".