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Former circus tiger killed after escaping and running loose in Georgia neighborhood

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, officials said this Bengal tiger owned by big cat trainer Alexander Lacey was shot and killed after it escaped from a truck in Georgia on its way from Florida to Tennessee. The tiger, named Suzy, was a former performer in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. (Henry County Police Department)

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, officials said this Bengal tiger owned by big cat trainer Alexander Lacey was shot and killed after it escaped from a truck in Georgia on its way from Florida to Tennessee. The tiger, named Suzy, was a former performer in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. (Henry County Police Department)

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Big cat trainer Alexander Lacey hugs one of the tigers during the final show of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP File Photo/Julie Jacobson)

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a Bengal tiger shot and killed after frightening motorists on a Georgia interstate and chasing a dog through a neighborhood had escaped from a truck on its way from Florida to Tennessee.

Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne tells The Associated Press that 6-year-old Suzy somehow got loose during a watering break near Atlanta.

Henry County police say drivers spotted the tiger early Wednesday on Interstate 75 in Stockbridge, southeast of Atlanta.

Police say the cat ended up in a subdivision, where it began chasing a dog. Police then shot the tiger.

Payne said Suzy was a former performer in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The tiger was headed back to its European owner, animal handler Alexander Lacey, after the circus this year ended its 146-year run.