A dog was shot in Milwaukee after it was apparently mistaken for a lion reported to have been spotted on city streets, authorities said on Wednesday, NBC News reported.
The white pit bull with one blue eye, whose owner has not been found, was shot on Tuesday on the city's North Side about two miles away from the reported lion sighting, animal control officials said. The dog was expected to make a full recovery.
"It's ludicrous. It's not tall and not anywhere near the size of a lion," said Karen Sparapani, director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. "We are trying to tell people not to panic."
A woman called police on Monday to report seeing a lion in her neighborhood. Hours laters, a cell phone video clip surfaced showing a blurry image of a large cat-like animal strolling about, fueling speculation.