“Ten-month-old bearded collie cross Grizz was training to be an Aviation Security Explosion Detector [at New Zealand’s Auckland airport] when he escaped,” kvla.com reports. “Handlers spent hours trying to coax him away from the runway. Sixteen flights were delayed before airport staff told police to shoot him.” Which they did, pleasing few . . .
SAFE for Animals Ambassador Hans Kriek condemned the killing, asking why the animal wasn’t tranquilized, but a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said he “didn’t believe” that had been an option.
Auckland Airport originally announced on their official Twitter they had captured the dog, before revealing an hour later that he had been killed.
Yeah, that’s not going to help the airport’s or animal handlers’ rep. Nope. Not one bit. Nor will this bit of PR prevarication.
The spokesman said it was too dark and the area too large to quickly find and contain the puppy.
“We tried everything, food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work … In these difficult circumstances the Airport’s Emergency Operations Center team decided to have the dog destroyed,” he said.
If you were a passenger on one of those planes delayed by a dog, how long would you have waited before wanting Grizz to be euthanized? Would you wait a whole day so the dog could be caught in the daylight?
Meanwhile, animal rights groups are awaiting the airport authorities’ “investigation” into why no one thought to use a tranquilizer gun from a nearby zoo. It could be while.