Police kill tiger roaming city streets near Atlanta, Georgia (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Police kill tiger roaming city streets near Atlanta, Georgia (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

A tiger that was spotted on the northbound lanes of I-75 early Wednesday morning is no longer on the loose after being shot by officers in a nearby neighborhood.

"By the time (the tiger) had jumped on my dog, the officer had started firing rounds".

The unusual sight prompted concerned witnesses to call authorities, who told WGCL they arrived to the scene to find the beast hopping a fence and into a private residence.

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

It's unknown where the tiger came from.

Police made the tough decision to shoot the tiger after the attack just after 6 a.m. "I'm sure she's had better mornings", Speck said. If you're looking out my back window in the dining room, you can see my entire backyard and then you can also see the neighbor's backyard and they have a vacant van back here in their backyard and I saw a tiger. One woman told CBS 46 she spotted the tiger walking through her front yard as her family got ready for the day.

Journey suffered a few scratches and will be okay. Although there is a nearby animal sanctuary in Locust Grove, none of the tigers in the shelter were reported missing.

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Georgia's Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division said that the company was not aware that the animal made a break for it.

Photos show tiger killed in Henry Co.

Anyone with information on where the loose tiger in Atlanta came from is urged to contact police.

"Unfortunately, human life became at risk and the tiger was shot by the authorities", Noah's Ark said.

'Our two Sumatran tigers are definitely accounted for, ' zoo spokeswoman Rachel Davis said.

The tiger was a female and its body was later cremated, said Gerri Yoder, director of the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department.

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