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People Are Outraged After Service Dog Shot At New Zealand Airport

Today, the world woke up to a sad news hailing out of Auckland, New Zealand concerning one of the city's four-legged airport employees.

Grizz, a 10-month-old border collie and german shorthair pointer mix was an Aviation Security Service dog who specialized in explosive detection until yesterday when he was fatally shot after he broke away from his handler.

According to New Zealand Herald, Grizz's escape was causing runway delays and after about a 3.5 hour attempt to contain the distressed pup, he was taken down by police "as a last resort."

"All efforts to capture the dog were exhausted and the airport company had no option but to request police to shoot the dog." said Avsec spokesman Mike Richards. "The handler and Avsec are naturally upset but do understand there were no other options, in the very difficult circumstances." he added.

Safe, a New Zealand national animal rights organization said the shooting was "needless" and that 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." The controversial decision to shoot the service dog has since sparked outrage from people across the globe and some took to Twitter to express their feelings and seek answers:

This is a truly terrible situation and hopefully Auckland Airport will consider implementing a plan for when incidents like this arise in the future.

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