Tiger On Loose In Henry County Shot, Killed By Police

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Henry County police say drivers spotted the tiger early Wednesday on Interstate 75 in Stockbridge, southeast of Atlanta.

A tiger was spotted wandering on a freeway near Atlanta on Wednesday.

Police were forced to close a portion of Interstate 75 after receiving several 911 calls about the jungle cat wandering near the northbound lanes on the highway.

"When Feld sentenced these tigers to a miserable life in a German circus, this tiger's fate was sealed", Winders said.

The tiger was part of a shipment headed to Tennessee from Florida.

A Bengal Tiger was shot dead in Georgia by authorities after it got out from a truck unnoticed and went on a hunting spree in a residential area while it was being transported by its owner.

Allison Hegecoth with Noah's Ark Wildlife Santuary was not far away but couldn't make it in time to save the tiger before she had the chance to hurt anyone. "I know some people are angry that the animal was shot, they don't understand why".

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A man said that the tiger jumped the fence onto his property and tried to attack his dog, WSB said. "I've never even heard her bark like this before it was like ah - said Brittney Speck".

"Wild animals belong in the wild", PETA spokeswoman Brittany Peet said in a news release, "and when unsafe apex predators are confined to private homes or for entertainment, the consequences can be fatal".

"By the time (the tiger) had jumped on my dog, the officer had started firing rounds". The tiger was near a school bus route in a densely populated area.

Speck's dog, a dachshund named Journey, suffered a few scratches but is going to be OK, she said.

The DNR and Henry County Animal Control responded to the scene to remove the deceased tiger from the yard of the residence.

"It's a very sad day". Feld officials discovered the tiger was missing when the truck arrived at the destination. "Clearly, this was a tragic accident", Payne said.

There were no reported injuries during the incident, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing, and possible charges are pending.