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

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

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

Animal control officers went to investigate after receiving an anonymous 311 call from someone who said they'd seen a tiger, said Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.

The concerned smoker called cops when they stumbled across a overweight tiger in a cage in an unlocked garage.

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. The garage was secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, according to police. "They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that's obviously been abandoned for some time".

The tiger was insufficiently housed and left alone, but police said it was well-fed and appeared to be healthy.

The tiger was tranquilized and taken to BARC Houston, a city organization dedicated to humane animal care, NBC Houston and Fox 26 Houston reported.

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"He's in a rinky-dink cage that could easily bust open", said a police spokesman. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger". It's just finding the right combination and then transporting, ' Cottingham said to Click2Houston.

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

Several packages of meat were found with the animal, KTRK reported.

It's legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit but it's illegal to have one in Houston and Tyson's owner, if found, could face a hefty fine.

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

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