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This undated photo provided by the Aviation Security Service of New Zealand shows Grizz, a 10-month-old trainee security dog. Police shot dead a trainee security dog after it escaped its handler and ran onto the tarmac at Auckland, New Zealand, airport early on Friday, March 17, 2017, according to local media reports. (Aviation Security Service of New Zealand via AP)

The death of a 10-month-old security dog in New Zealand sparked outrage around the world


New Zealand airport officials found themselves in a compromising situation when one of their security sniffer dogs escaped and caused major disruptions, including 16 grounded flights and several delays, at Auckland Airport, the BBC reported. After exhausting "every option,"10-month--old Grizz was shot by authorities. 

That decision has been met with internet outrage, with many asking why the dog couldn't have been tranquilized. 

Spokesperson Mike Richards said a "massive effort" was launched to locate the dog in pitch black conditions. When he was found after two hours, "he would not let anyone near him and kept sprinting across runways."

"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.

When asked why he couldn't be tranquilized, Richards said, "I do not have the answer to that. But there were no tranquilizer guns at the airport, and the police do not have them either."

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