Tiger found in vacant Houston home

HIGH? A smoker walked into an abandoned house and found a tiger

HIGH? A smoker walked into an abandoned house and found a tiger

After a neighbor contacted 311 anonymously, police and BARC were alerted to a report of a tiger inside a southeast Houston home.

Officials told the local television station KHOU-TV the tiger was well fed, but its cage was secured by a nylon strap and screwdriver. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana.

It's illegal to own a tiger in Texas, but a wild-game permit is required.

The police department's Major Offender Animal Cruelty Unit and BARC tranquilized Tyson so they could move the animal to BARC for the night, KHOU said. "It wasn't the effects of the drugs".

Lara Cottingham, Houston city's chief sustainability officer, told KPRC-TV the tiger was found "in a pretty small cage inside.a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape".

Officials said the house was empty - except for several packages of meat found near the tiger.

It is now being transferred to a sanctuary elsewhere in Texas - although the exact location has not been publicly disclosed. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger".

While the unexpected human-tiger encounter ended happily, authorities said it could have been much bloodier given the crude nature of the tiger's enclosure.

The case is still under investigation and it's unclear if the owner will face any charges. "More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets unsafe, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it".

"Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign".

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