Atlanta is no stranger to animal encounters on its interstates, but Wednesday morning’s bizarre rendezvous was certainly a first.
Henry County police officers were forced to shoot and kill a Bengal tiger near Interstate 75 Wednesday morning just before 6:30 a.m., according to WSB-TV. After receiving several calls about the tiger, officers were dispatched to the area near Jodeco Road to investigate, the report added.
The officers did not have tranquilizers, and when it jumped a fence and attacked a dog, they shot and killed the tiger. Henry County Police told AJC.com they do not know where the tiger came from, or who is its owner.
Brittney Speck told AJC.com her Dachshund, Journey, was “going crazy in the backyard” when she spotted the tiger in her neighbor’s yard. Shortly after, the tiger pounced on Journey, and that’s when officers decided they couldn’t wait for animal control to arrive with tranquilizers.
The dog survived the attack, but Henry County Police Department Captain Joey Smith said the tiger was “in close proximity to a school bus route in a densely populated area.”
One would think the animal came from Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Henry County, but the facility said all of its tigers were accounted for after the incident and released a statement on its Facebook page shortly after.
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