An aviation security dog has been shot dead by police after it was spooked and went rogue at Auckland Airport.
New Zealand police confirmed the tragic news in a statement on Friday morning.
“Police can confirm that Auckland Airport staff directed police to shoot the AVSEC dog which was loose at the airport this morning,” Counties Manukau Inspector Tracy Phillips said.
“This followed considerable efforts over several hours by AVSEC and airport staff to contain the dog after it was first reported to be loose at 4am.”
New Zealand Police said they were called in as a last resort.
“Our thoughts are with the AVSEC dog handler involved. This is not an outcome which anyone wanted, and police were only asked to be involved as a last resort.”
The incident has since sparked outrage, with dozens of people taking to social media to vent their frustration at the outcome.
— juliette banks (@julzbanks) March 16, 2017
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
— Msfang275 (@msfang) March 17, 2017
— sandra panozzo (@happytracks007) March 17, 2017
#AucklandAirport so incompetent that one dog can’t be caught after 3.5 hours and has to be shot. Not flying there anytime soon!
— Jeremy David Noonan (@JNoonan78) March 16, 2017