Grisly photo shows runaway tiger killed by police in Atlanta

Posted September 08, 2017

A tiger that was running loose in Henry County near Jodeco Road early Wednesday morning was shot dead by police shortly after 6 a.m., officials said.

According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the owner of the tiger came to know about the incident only when the truck returned empty.

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.

Feld Entertainment is a live show company that operated the closed Ringling Bros. circus. She and the other tigers were being sent to a different circus in Germany. The tiger was traveling from Florida to Tennessee.

Speck said her dog, who was in her backyard, was barking hysterically. He said police then shot and killed the tiger.

The dog is expected to recover but it is not yet known where the Tiger came from. 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.

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Speck said the tiger pounced on her dog moments later.

Police shot and killed a tiger wandering the streets of Atlanta, Georgia on September 6.

"It was like a full-grown zoo tiger", Speck said. The dog was returned to its owner and the owner told an NBC affiliate, the dog was OK.

"She's great, she's OK", she said of her fearless dog, seen wagging her tail, though a bit timid of approaching reporters and their cameras.

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

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Henry County Police (770-288-8200) and or Henry County Animal Control (770-288-7387) or Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "This is a sad day". Feld officials discovered the tiger was missing when the truck arrived at the destination. Feld Entertainment said it was cooperating with authorities.