MYSTERIOUS TIGER SUDDENLY APPEARS ON THE PROWL IN ATLANTA SUBURB
This week a large mystery tiger was seen running around in a Georgia residential neighborhood where it attached a dog, prompting frantic calls to police by residents. The large predator was first noticed around 6 am Wednesday morning near Interstate 75 just outside of Stockbridge, which sits about twenty miles outside of Atlanta proper. It was shot dead by police when the tiger was seen attacking a dog.
TIGER ATTACKS FAMILY DOG IN FRONT OF FAMILY AND POLICE, POLICE QUICKLY RESPOND WITH DEADLY FORCE
“The tiger began to run toward the Meadow Brook community off of Jodeco Road, to the back of a residence and began to attack a dog,” police said. While police were quick to explain that animal professionals were quickly contacted as soon as the tiger was identified, they had to put the unknown animal down as they saw it move aggressively to attack a dog, making them fear for the public’s safety. They did not have time to prepare a tranquilizer gun and so used deadly force.
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TIGER ATTACKED LITTLE DACHSHUND NAMED JOURNEY, DOG SOMEHOW FINE, CHILDREN SHAKEN
Brittney Speck, who moved to the area two months ago, said it was her little dachshund named Journey that was attacked while in her backyard. “The tiger jumped on top of my dog and the officers just started firing rounds and took it down and then gave my dog back,” Speck told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She’s great, she’s OK,” she said of her brave dog, seen wagging her tail, though a bit timid of approaching reporters and their cameras.
“She’s a little shaken up. I’m sure she’s had better mornings,” Speck said. She expressed relief that it wasn’t her three children ― ages 3, 4, and 7 ― who were outside at the time. “It was massive, it was huge,” she emphasized. Where the tiger came from remained unknown as of Wednesday morning.
NO ONE KNOWS WHERE TIGER CAME FROM. COULD THERE BE MORE DANGEROUS ANIMALS TO APPEAR?
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia, about 17 miles south of where the cat was killed, said that all of their tigers are accounted for. However, when police contacted them, they headed to the scene hoping to assist.
“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,” the wildlife sanctuary said in a statement. “Thank you to the officers for trying their best to bring this animal to safety.”
Gerri Yoder, Henry County’s animal control director, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that tigers are not legal to own without proper permitting. Because of that, the animal could have been “a victim of the exotic pet trade” and “born and bred for the purpose of resale.”
“There are a lot of theories, but who knows?” he said.