The public had an outcry when the Robot Dog made an appearance in a New York neighborhood.
Digidog is no longer going to be in use by the NYPD. John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, told The New York Times that the leasing contract valued at around $94,000 with the robot dog’s maker, Boston Dynamics, had been ended early on April 22.
According to The New York Times, the NYPD official did not rule out the possibility of the robot, dubbed Digidog, returning in the future.
“But for now, this is a casualty of politics, bad information and cheap sound bytes,” he told the Times. “We should have named it ‘Lassie.’”
Bill Neidhardt, spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), told the newspaper he was “glad the Digidog was put down,” describing it as “creepy” and “alienating.”