STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – A tiger that was running loose on a Georgia highway has been shot and killed, police said.

Henry County Police Department Capt. Joey Smith said drivers reported seeing a tiger early Wednesday on the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Stockbridge -- about 20 miles southeast of Atlanta. Crews blocked off four lanes as they looked for the big cat.

Police responded to a nearby neighborhood shortly after 6 a.m. when residents reported seeing the tiger there.

Smith said the Department of Natural Resources and Animal Control were en route when the tiger began chasing a dog. He said police then shot and killed the tiger. The dog survived.

Smith said he estimates the tiger was full-grown.

It's unknown where the tiger came from.

Media Release On September 6, 2017, at approximately 6 a.m., Henry County 911 received a call of a tiger loose on I-75...

Posted by Henry County Police Department on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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