Police Shoot Bengal Tiger in Atlanta Residential Area as Terrified Neighbors Watch

Kristopher Drake
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. According to the AJC, animal control director Gerri Yoder said it could be "a victim of the exotic pet trade".

The police were able to locate the tiger near a residential area.

Police then made the decision to "put the animal down with gunfire fearing that occupants of the home could be in danger as well as others in the area".

An officer with the Henry County Police Department reported seeing the animal on the highway near Jodeco Road.

They do not know where it came from but they are asking for the public's help finding out where.

After the tiger jumped on the dog, the officers, who had followed the big cat to the neighborhood, fired shots, Speck said.

Journey, the family dog chased by the tiger, was unharmed. "I'm sure she's had better mornings", Speck said. She said her dog is okay but is obviously shaken.

The tiger was killed but Journey managed to escape the ordeal with no visible injuries.

CBS46 Facebook friend Connie Kidd says she reported the animal to police around 4:40 a.m. Kidd says the animal was walking through her front yard.

Police said they shot and killed a tiger that was on the loose in Henry County.

"This afternoon, after seeing news reports, an official with Feld Entertainment, Inc., a company contracted to transport the tiger, contacted Georgia DNR Law Enforcement to report the missing animal from a shipment, which was traveling from Florida to Tennessee". "Unfortuanately human life became at risk and the tiger was shot by authorities".

'Our two Sumatran tigers are definitely accounted for, ' zoo spokeswoman Rachel Davis said. Police told a reporter with WSB that the animal was "down" and later confirmed it was dead.

The nearby Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary released a statement saying all their tigers were accounted for at the shelter.

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