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.
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