Security dog shot dead by police at NZ airport

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.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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