The tiger had once performed at the circus. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Sujit kumar
The female Bengal tiger had inexplicably managed to escape a transport truck and was prowling the streets.
The alarm was raised on Wednesday when the powerful feline, whose name was Suzy, was spotted wandering around a suburban neighborhood.
The situation became increasingly dangerous as the animal began attacking people's pets.
Sadly, local law enforcement had no choice but to put the tiger down.
"When the tiger became aggressive toward pets in the area, it was deemed necessary for public safety to put it down, and it was done quickly and humanely," said Mark McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
An examination of the animal later revealed a microchip from Feld Entertainment Inc, the parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
An investigation in to how the tiger escaped from the transport vehicle is still ongoing.