Police shoot and kill tiger in Georgia

Police shoot and kill roaming tiger in Georgia

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A tiger, roaming in Henry County, Georgia, was shot and killed by police early Wednesday morning after it jumped a fence and went after someone’s dog. According to CBS News, multiple 9-1-1 calls were made about the tiger and one police officer spotted the animal on I-75.

The decision to fatally shoot the tiger resulted from a lack of tranquilizer guns – the authorities were fearful that someone, or someone’s pet, would be hurt or killed before a tranquilizer gun could be obtained. In fact, right before the officers took aim, the tiger jumped on a woman’s dog – the fatal shot came just in the nick of time to save the dog’s life.

The authorities reached out to an area animal sanctuary to see if one of their tigers had managed to escape. Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary went to Facebook to address the concern:

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.

Where the tiger escaped from has yet to be determined.

(Image via Pixabay)

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8 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    WTH!! How awful and sad! I can see why this had to be done but it is tragic because tigers are dwindling in numbers. Too bad they couldn’t of had a tranquilizer gun on hand! But to risk of human life and the life of any dogs around was immense. Just can’t fathom where this tiger can from!

  2. Barbara Garabedian says:

    Why did u do this poor tiger evil cops u could have used calm down pellets what horrible evil cops shoot yourselves Rest In Peace tiger bg

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    If the tiger was indeed posing a danger to someone’s pet, then the police probably did the right thing by shooting it. I have my doubts however, I don’t trust anything the police say when it comes to shooting animals. I hope they find out where the Tiger came from, hopefully there aren’t more that may escape.

    • Cynthia Como says:

      Barkley’ Mom,oh I so agree! I rarely believe what comes out of the mouth of a cop! They shoot and kill dogs like dogs are pointing a gun at them,they could use a taser instead of lethal force!

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another piss poor excuse by cops – no tranquilizer guns when they were aware of a tiger being on the loose. NO EXCUSE whatsoever for killing an animal – they should have a tranquilizer gun on hand at all times. The wanton killing of animals by cops is way out of hand.

  5. Marsha Squibb says:

    So sad…Friggin redneck has a tiger in his possession,tiger gets loose, cops don’t have a trancwilizer gun, cops shoot tiger…. Tiger dies..
    So sad all around…. RIP you poor captive animal…Your finally free at your expense!!!

  6. Debbie says:

    This is so so sad….you mean to tell me that in that whole town with vets and emergency doctors, sheriffs & police ma, they couldn’t find anything to tranquilize the poor tiger & they had several days to find one. I mean they looked for him for a few days….I think this is a crying shame and that beautiful big cat did not need to die.


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