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Henry County police respond to escaped tiger

Henry County police respond to escaped tiger”

A police officer with the Henry County Police Department reported seeing the loose tiger on the highway near Jodeco Road and police received several 911 calls about the animal early Wednesday morning.

The officers tried to have professionals secure the animal, which was reported to police near an I-75 on-ramp in Stockbridge, near Atlanta.

Police officers found and shot a tiger spotted in Henry County, Georgia overnight. Police said they were concerned a resident might exit the home before they could get tranquilizer darts and they were also concerned about area school children getting up for the morning and coming outside.

Just after 6 a.m., FOX 5's Kaitlyn Pratt said she heard at least a dozen shots being fired, presumably at the large cat.

Several Facebook friends commented on our posts, saying they saw the animal at some point. An animal sanctuary in the are says all its tigers are accounted for.

"And the officers I guess just started firing rounds and took it down and then gave me my dog back", she told the newspaper, adding that Journey is doing alright.

NBC affiliate WXIA reports that there have been other reports of large felines roaming the area in Henry County in over the years.

Authorities shot it out of concern for human life, according to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary.

It wasn't immediately clear where the tiger came from, Smith said. It thanked the police for trying to bring the animal to safety.



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