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A tiger that hopped over a fence to go after a dog in a suburban Atlanta metropolitan county was shot and killed early this morning (Sep. 6). The tiger’s origin is yet unknown and efforts to safely bring the animal into captivity were launched but the risk to human life in Henry County became too great.

WSBTV reports:

A source told Channel 2’s Audrey Washington police spotted the tiger in the area of Jodeco Road Wednesday morning.

Washington heard several shots just before 6:30 a.m.

Police said they had no choice but to shoot the tiger, which was seen in a neighborhood.

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Henry County released the following statement Wednesday morning:

“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.”

WSBTV’s reporter spoke with the owner of the dog that the tiger looked to attack. The interview can be viewed below.

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