Atlanta homeowner's dog attacked by tiger

Jerome Frank
September 7, 2017

Atlanta - This morning, a tiger discovered roaming loose was shot and killed by law-enforcement officials in Henry County, outside Atlanta.

Speck called 9-1-1 and officers entered her backyard through her home.

"The truck had stopped in Georgia during the overnight hours and during that stop, the female Bengal tiger managed to escape unnoticed", authorities said in a statement.

"I'm sure she's had better mornings", said Brittney Speck, owner of the dachshund, Journey, which was attacked by the tiger.

Concerned that the tiger now posed a threat to others, the officers chose to fatally shoot the animal.

The tiger was spotted at about 6 a.m. Saturday on a highway in an Atlanta suburb, according to the Henry County Police Department.

It is unknown where the tiger came from.

"Unfortunately, it jumped a fence and went after a dog back behind one of the residences here".

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The dog, Journey, survived the attack.

"There is an ongoing investigation and, at this time, no determination has been made as to where the tiger originated from", Yoder said.

"And the officers I guess just started firing rounds and took it down and then gave me my dog back", Speck said.

Police said they shot and killed a tiger that was on the loose in Henry County.

Police were called to a nearby neighbourhood shortly after 6am when residents reported seeing the tiger there.

While it is still unclear where the tiger came from, the nearby Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove said all of their tigers are accounted for. Police told a reporter with WSB that the animal was "down" and later confirmed it was dead.

'Our two Sumatran tigers are definitely accounted for, ' zoo spokeswoman Rachel Davis said. The sanctuary said they responded to the scene with hopes of "chemically immobilizing the tiger and bringing it Noah's Ark".

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