"We stopped in Georgia to feed and water the cats and for a quick rest break for the driver, and that's where we believe the animal escaped and was later confronted by law enforcement," Stephen Payne, spokesman for Feld Entertainment, said. "They've been raised around people their entire lives, so they're comfortable around people."
Suzy ran along I-75 and toward the Meadowbrook neighborhood. According to Henry County Police, Suzy went in to someone's backyard and pounced toward a pet dachshund, who was not injured.
Still, concerned for public safety, officers decided to shoot and kill Suzy. "With the tiger in close proximity to a school bus route in a densely populated area, officers made the decision to put the animal down with gunfire fearing that occupants of the home could be in danger as well as others in the area," the police department wrote.