911 CALLS: 'There's a tiger in the front yard'
HENRY COUNTY, Ga -- It's not your typical 911 emergency.
The first reports of a tiger on the loose on I-75 came into Henry Co. police around 6 a.m. Wednesday.
"I am sitting here at Jodeco Rd. coming off of the interstate, a caller tells 911 dispatchers. "There is a tiger walking down the exit, the ramp onto the interstate."
Several drivers detailed the tiger walking down the northbound ramp on I-75 off of Jodeco Rd.
"There is literally a tiger, walking down the ramp," another male caller said.
For another Henry Co. resident, the big cat was much closer.
"Henry County 911, what’s the location of your emergency?"
"There’s a tiger in the front yard."
"There’s a what ma'am?"
"You said there’s a tiger in the front yard?"
"A full-sized tiger. I don’t know if it’s a tiger or a lion, but It’s a full-sized creature. And me and my brother both just saw it."
Police later shot and killed the tiger after a resident said it went to attack her dog.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources said that an official with Feld Entertainment, a company contracted to transport the tiger, saw news reports of the morning incident and contacted officials.
Feld Entertainment is a live show production company which owns a number of traveling shows, including the now-closed Ringling Bros and Barnum&Bailey Circus.
The company said the tiger's name was Suzy, and the 6-year-old animal was being transported from Sarasota, Florida to Tennessee where she was to be flown to Germany for a European circus.
They issued a statement to say: "We are continuing to work with the proper authorities while this case is being investigated. This is a sad day.”