Did a Milwaukee Resident Shoot a Dog After Mistaking It for a Lion That's Supposedly Roaming the Streets?

07/23/2015 AT 10:40 AM EDT



A dog in Milwaukee is expected to make a full recovery after it was shot amid sightings of a lion that is said to be wandering city streets.

"The suspect who shot the dog has not been identified and the motive for the shooting remains unclear," Lt. Mark Stanmeyer, with the Milwaukee Police Department, said in an email to PEOPLE.

Stanmeyer also said a call came in at 6:23 p.m. on Tuesday. "Milwaukee Police responded to a loose animal complaint in the 2000 block of Burleigh. The caller reported that he saw what appeared to be a lion or cougar walking past his home." While responding to that call, "officers received additional information from an anonymous caller who saw a suspect fire one gunshot at a stray pit bull dog at N. 21st Street and W. Chambers Street."



Officers then found the white pit bull, suffering from a gunshot wound to the right front leg, at N. 24th Street and W. Burleigh. The dog was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission for treatment.

"It's ludicrous. It's not tall and not anywhere near the size of a lion," Karen Sparapani, director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission told Reuters. "We are trying to tell people not to panic."

Cynthia Wilburn, who lives in the neighborhood, shared with NBC blurry video of the large cat-like animal making its way through the neighborhood.

"Animal experts have advised that no attempts should be made to capture the animal, as it may be a dangerous predator," the Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement.

Wisconsin doesn't have a ban on owning exotic animals as pets, NBC News reports. It's possible the lion belongs to a Milwaukee resident.

The Milwaukee Zoo took to Twitter on Tuesday to reassure the community that its lions were right where they belong. "We're not sure what's running around the city, but all of our lions are safe and sound! #mkelion," they wrote, alongside a photo.



Apparently, someone has created a Twitter account for the lion and has been sending lighthearted Tweets on its behalf. The lion now has more than 1,500 followers.

"Out for a stroll," read its first Tweet on Tuesday.



There are more than 100 Tweets so far. "Guys where should I go while I'm in Milwaukee? #mkelion" read another.





In real life, neither the lion nor the dog's owner have been found.
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