Weed Smoker Finds Tiger in Abandoned Texas House

An overweight tiger was found abandoned in a Houston home on Monday

An overweight tiger was found abandoned in a Houston home on Monday

A caged, overweight female tiger was found abandoned in a Houston home on Monday, officials said.

The Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit of the Houston Police Department also told KTRK that they first questioned whether the people who reported the animal were under the influence of drugs. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage".

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, officials entered the home and discovered the tiger, which they described as being friendly.

A tiger was found Monday at an abandoned southeast Houston home, according to police.

And while coming across confined tigers - except at the zoo - is exceedingly rare, Cottingham said, the city did receive a call about another pet tiger a couple of years ago.

Authorities could sentence the owner of the tiger with an expensive fine if they identify them.

USA Today is reporting that the tiger was moved from the home to BARC headquarters, where it is under constant surveillance while being kept in a horse trailer.

In a statement, the Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger. Animal rights and conservation activists say the inconsistent patchwork of laws on tiger ownership in Texas-the state does not track which counties ban tigers, and county-level enforcement is sometimes loose-has resulted in serious consequences, the Statesman reported. Whoever's tiger this is will have to go visit them at their new home.

Several packages of meat were found with the animal, ABC13 said.

Police are investigating who owns the tiger and who left it in the house's garage, Smith said. It's risky for them to have (a tiger down the street).

Other than dehydration, the tiger appeared to be in good health.

Some tigers are smuggled into the USA from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country.

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