Police shoot dead a tiger spotted on USA highway

Kristi Paul
September 8, 2017

A tiger spotted roaming the streets of suburban Atlanta, Georgia, Wednesday morning was shot and killed after it attacked a local dog.

It's still unclear where the tiger came from, but Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove said all of their tigers are accounted for. Once they had visual confirmation, the police called animal experts to help them sedate and move the tiger.

Suzy was part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus act and last performed in May during their final run on New York's Long Island. They said her name was Suzy and that she was being transported from Florida to Tennessee, where she was to be flown to Germany for a European circus.

Police arrived and quickly shot and killed Suzy the tiger. The dog survived the attack and is OK, she said. They also said that an examination of the cat revealed that a microchip was implanted on it and the number matched to that of Feld Entertainment.

Motorists spotted the tiger early Wednesday along the interstate in Stockbridge, southeast of Atlanta, Henry County police said.

USA police have shot dead a tiger that was spotted running along on a Georgia highway. The woman says her dog is OK but was obviously startled.

Speck said she's grateful her small children - a 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and 7-year-old - were not outside playing when the "full-grown zoo tiger" came up.

The cat was shot after it "became aggressive toward pets in the area", the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a statement late Wednesday.

The dog, named Journey, escaped with just a few scratches and still has some dried blood on her body.

Gerri Yoder, Henry County's animal control director said: 'No idea where she (the tiger) belonged.

"It's a very sad day".

State officials have contacted the tiger's owner. This tiger was raised by its owner since it was a cub.

The investigation remains ongoing with possible charges pending.

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