An anonymous tipster who reportedly went to a Houston house to smoke marijuana found a live tiger inside.
Houston police Sgt. 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.
But the tiger was real and was being kept in a “rinky-dink” cage in a garage in the 9400 block of East Avenue J, police told KPRC-TV. The garage was being secured with a screwdriver and nylon strap.
Several packages of meat were found with the animal, KTRK reported.
Houston police obtained a warrant to enter the home and on Monday, BARC animal enforcement officers retrieved the tiger, the shelter said in a Facebook post.
Lara Cottingham with BARC told the Houston Chronicle that the caller was reportedly concerned the tiger was being held in a cage that was too small.
Cottingham said a wildlife refuge can take the female tiger, but not until Tuesday, so it will be spending the night at the BARC shelter “safely secured from our other animals.”
The Chronicle said the resident was reportedly not home at the time, but other media outlets have reported that the home was abandoned.
Pablo Briagas, who lives in the neighborhood, told the Chronicle it’s not safe for a tiger to be kept down the street.
“I have my kids here,” he said. “Even if they had it as a pet, that’s dangerous. They need to have that at the zoo.”
The Houston Zoo told KHOU-TV in a statement that the facility, which is already home to two Malayan tigers, does not have the capacity to take on another tiger and was not involved in the case.
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