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Tiger on the loose near Atlanta killed by police

08 September 2017

A tiger that was roaming an Atlanta suburb Wednesday morning was shot and killed by police.

"A full-sized tiger. I don't know if it's a tiger or a lion, but It's a full-sized creature". "We take every call seriously and the officers did confirm the tiger themselves, and that does increase the seriousness of the matter".

The tiger escaped from a truck belonging to Feld Entertainment, the people who ran Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey before it shut down. "It was a tiger on the far side, closest to my house", she said.

The tiger was part of a shipment headed to Tennessee from Florida.

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Brittney Speck, the homeowner in question, awoke to high-beam lights shining through her windows at shortly before 6:30 a.m. Speck said her dog was going insane in the backyard and barking loudly.

The roaming tiger shot by police in the area of Jodeco Road Wednesday morning was a former circus performer escaped from transport to Tennessee.

"No idea where she (the tiger) belonged", he told the newspaper.

The tiger attacked a dog in the backyard of a residence, prompting the police to shoot and kill the animal.

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

WSB-TV reporter Audrey Washington shared a picture of Speck and her dog, quoting the pet owner saying, "I was shocked!"

Then, the unthinkable happened as the Bengal tiger went after her beloved dachshund.

Speck's dog, named Journey, suffered a few scratches but is going to be OK, she said. "It was like a full-grown zoo tiger", the mother explained.

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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. "Clearly, this was a tragic accident", Payne said. The investigation is ongoing, and possible charges are pending.

Tiger on the loose near Atlanta killed by police