A Feld spokesman said the tiger belonged to an act contracted with the circus which ceased operations in May.
The vehicle carrying the 6-year-old tiger was hauling a total of 14 big cats when it made a stop on its way from Florida to Tennessee.
Brittney Speck, the homeowner in question, awoke to high-beam lights shining through her windows at shortly before 6:30 a.m. Speck said her dog was going insane in the backyard and barking loudly. "Unfortunately, human life became at risk and the tiger was shot by the authorities", the wildlife sanctuary said in a statement.
"I didn't know what to think", he said.
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Soon after, the tiger jumped on her dog, Speck said. "I've never even heard her bark like this before it was like ah - said Brittney Speck".
After being shot, the tiger was removed from the neighborhood backyard and Henry County Police and Animal Control are in the process of determining where the animal came from.
Several people who saw the tiger called 911.
WSB-TV reporter Audrey Washington shared a picture of Speck and her dog, quoting the pet owner saying, "I was shocked!" They were unable to save the dog without killing the tiger.
Gerri Yoder, Henry County's animal control director, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that tigers are not legal to own without proper permitting. Feld officials discovered the tiger was missing when the truck arrived at the destination. This tiger was raised by its owner since it was a cub. Feld Entertainment said it was cooperating with authorities.