Loose tiger shot and killed after roaming Atlanta neighborhood, pouncing on family dog

Atlanta police are working to determine where a loose tiger that was roaming a residential neighborhood came from.

Police said the tiger was shot and killed by authorities.

Reports of a tiger roaming a neighborhood came flooding in early Wednesday morning.

Audrey Washington, from WSBTV, reported hearing gunshots fired just before 6:30 p.m. Police said later that they had no choice but to shoot the animal after it attacked a family dog.

The dog’s owner, Brittney Speck, said she woke up to high beams and police lights coming through her window, and her “dog was also going crazy in the backyard.”

She said she immediately went to check on the Dachshund and saw the tiger in her neighbor’s yard, close to her own. Speck called 911 just before the tiger pounced on her small dog. She said, “the officers I guess just started firing rounds and took it down and then gave me my dog back.” The dog is doing fine, according to the report.

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.

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Henry County released a statement Wednesday morning explaining that authorities initially intended to restrain the animal and bring it to the sanctuary.

“Noah’s Ark was contacted by Henry County Police with reports of a loose tiger on I-75. We responded immediately and were on the way to the scene with hopes of chemically immobilizing the tiger and bringing it to Noah’s Ark. Unfortunately, human life became at risk and the tiger was shot by the authorities. All of our tigers are accounted for. Thank you to the officers for trying their best to bring this animal to safety.”

Henry County Police and Animal Control are currently working to determine where the tiger came from.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry County Police at 770-288-8200 and or Henry County Animal Control at 770-288-7387.

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