Police say they shot a tiger that was loose in a residential area

Police said they shot and killed a tiger that was on the loose in Henry County, Ga.

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WSB-TV first reported the tiger sightings after dispatch said operators received several calls about the wild animal on the loose.

A source told WSB-TV’s Audrey Washington that police spotted the tiger in the area of Jodeco Road on Wednesday morning.

Washington heard several shots just before 6:30 a.m.

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RANTHAMBORE, INDIA - UNDATED: ***EXCLUSIVE*** A tiger photographed in Ranthambore National Park in Rajashthan, India. Zoological Society of London is helping to save the big Indian cats whose numbers are dwindling drastically. It has developed a tracking system that will provide patrolling protocols, recording wildlife crimes and ecological monitoring. The software, known as M-STRIPES, will use a general packet radio service (GPRS) device to follow the movement of the tigers, which will be fitted with radio collars. The country's endangered population has plummeted to just 1350, just over a third of the 3700 estimated to be alive in 2002. (Photo by Aditya Singh / Barcroft India / Getty Images)
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Police said they had no choice but to shoot the tiger, which was seen in a neighborhood.

Washington spoke to the homeowner who said the tiger jumped the fence into his backyard.

He said the tiger tried to attack his dog.

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Henry County released the following statement Wednesday morning:

Noah’s Ark was contacted by Henry County Police with reports of a loose tiger on I-75. 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. All of our tigers are accounted for. Thank you to the officers for trying their best to bring this animal to safety.

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