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Tiger in Atlanta Killed After Escape Was Ringling Circus Star

Tiger in Atlanta Killed After Escape Was Ringling Circus Star

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By    |   Friday, 08 September 2017 11:59 AM

A tiger in Atlanta that got loose in Henry County early Wednesday has been killed after escaping from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Police received reports about a loose tiger on Interstate 75 Wednesday morning around 6 a.m., according to 11 Alive.

Henry County officers responded to the reports and located the tiger. They then contacted animal professionals to inform them that the tiger was loose. However, police were forced to intervene after the tiger ran into a nearby residential area.

"Henry County officers responded, locating the tiger and kept visual sight of it while animal professionals were contacted," police said in a statement. "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."

"With the tiger in close proximity to a school bus route in a densely populated area, officers made the decision to put the animal down with gunfire fearing that occupants of the home could be in danger as well as others in the area," the statement continued.

Allison Hegecoth, who works with Noah's Ark Wildlife Santuary, was close to the scene of the incident, but by the time she arrived the tiger was dead.

"It's terrible," Hegecoth said, according to 11 Alive. "I know some people are angry that the animal was shot, they don't understand why."

The owner of the dog, Brittney Speck, said she woke up while the tiger was attacking her dog after hearing loud barking, 11 Alive reported. Despite the attack, Speck said her dog is OK.

According to the New York Post, the deceased tiger was a female who went by the name of Suzy.

Suzy was a circus tiger for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The 6-year-old tiger reportedly escaped from a Feld Entertainment transport truck on its way from Florida to Tennessee after it had stopped in Georgia temporarily.

The truck was carrying 13 other tigers as well.

The tigers were headed to an airport in Tennessee to be taken back to Germany. The tigers are originally from Great Britain.

Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne told the Post it's still unclear as to how Suzy escaped the truck.

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