Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

The garage was being secured with a screwdriver and nylon strap. It is illegal to keep a tiger within city limits, she added.

Police say the animal was being kept in a cage that was not large or sturdy enough for its size with several packages of meat nearby, according to KTRK-TV.

"The tiger was very thirsty, so we gave him some water", said Jarrad Mears with Houston animal shelter BARC.

Police said the caged female tiger was found at a home in the 9400 block of East Avenue J.

Jason Alderete told KTRK-TV that the person who called 311 was asked if they were under the effects of drugs or actually saw a tiger. Police did not confirm if an owner had been identified.

That unit and BARC tranquilized Tyson so they could move him to BARC for the night. "It's a attractive animal and we want it to live a happy healthy life". However, according to KHOU, an animal sanctuary in Texas has agreed to take it in.

And that's because tigers don't make for great pets, Krahn said.

"This is not the first tiger that has been picked up by BARC", Cottingham said.

While it's legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit, it's not permitted in Houston. "More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets risky, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it". It has two Malayan tigers and "does not have capacity to receive additional tigers", a statement read. They are endangered - the WWF estimates there are fewer than 4,000 left in the wild.

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