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."