Pot-smoking tipster finds tiger in abandoned house, police say

12 February, 2019, 21:25 | Author: Carlos George
  • A tiger was being kept in a cage in an abandoned house in Texas USA

Based on a city ordinance, keeping a tiger at a residential home is illegal.

"There was no concern about the tiger getting out of the cage", Cottingham said by telephone on Tuesday.

Police found the 350-pound female tiger on Monday in deplorable conditions and inside in a too-small cage on East Avenue J, ABC 13 reported.

They called police on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene.

An anonymous tipster who reportedly went to a Houston house to smoke marijuana found a live tiger inside. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage", said Alderete.

The tiger, at least, is in good health and good spirits since its rescue, according to Lara Cottingham, chief of staff for Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.

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She was friendly, police said, but she was tranquilised for safety reasons as they moved her from the home over to BARC's headquarters.

The Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger.

"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens", said Cottingham.

Investigators said it is legal to own a tiger in Texas with the proper wildlife permits, but it is not legal to keep such an animal in the city of Houston.

The tiger was tranquilized in order to move it out of the house, officials said.

'The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have capacity to receive additional tigers'. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger".

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