Tiger Shot And Killed After Running Loose In Neighborhood, Attacking Dog

Trevor Jackson
September 7, 2017

The night shift in Stockbridge, Georgia received several calls from motorists reporting an adult tiger roaming the streets near the I-75 interstate in the early hours of Wednesday.

Officials say the owners of a tiger shot and killed early Wednesday after being spotted on Interstate 85 have been identified.

Concerned that the tiger now posed a threat to others, the officers chose to fatally shoot the animal.

Alarmed residents made multiple calls to 911 after seeing the animal, said Capt. Joey Smith of the Henry County Police Department.

United States police have shot dead a tiger that was spotted running along on a Georgia highway.

Journey, the family dog chased by the tiger, was unharmed. Once the tiger was down, they gave Speck her dog, who survived the incident unscathed.

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The female Bengal tiger was being transported from Florida to Memphis when she got loose in Henry County.

"I fell to the ground crying because my husband was screaming because the tiger had jumped on top of my dog", Speck told local media. There's no injury suggesting that it had fallen off a moving vehicle on the highway, said Gerri Yoder, director of Henry County Animal Care & Control. Brittney Speck was shocked to wake up to a frenzy of police activity outside her house as police searched for the loose tiger.

Nearby Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove was contacted to help in the capture of the tiger before officers made the decision to put the animal down.

Police were initially called about the loose animal arou0nd 6 a.m.

The DNR and Henry County Animal Control responded to the scene to remove the deceased tiger from the yard of the residence. They added that as human life was at risk, police had no choice but to shoot the tiger. All of our tigers are accounted for.

The officers were then forced to shoot the animal, because they feared the homeowner may run out to try and save the dog.

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