Sniffer dogs are often used by police forces all around the world, and can help save the lives of people that cannot be saved by humans alone. These dogs are often undervalued, and provide an important service when undertaking their duties.
People are, understandably, outraged after Grizz, a trainee bomb detector puppy, was shot after running free from his handler. Grizz was only 10 months old, and six months away from completing his training as a bomb detector dog at Auckland Airport, New Zealand.
Many were shocked by the actions of the police, with hundreds feeling that the actions taken were unjustified. Hans Kriek, who works at animal welfare charity SAFE, was “appalled and bewildered” that Grizz had to die. He also stated that: “I suppose they didn’t have one [a tranquilliser], but that’s not an excuse. […] there was a non-lethal solution, they were not prepared.”