Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house in Houston

Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

Per KTRK, authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked "rinky-dink" cage, per Click2Houston.

While the tipster saw the tiger a week ago, it was only on Monday that Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) officers and police found the animal.

The animal was be taken to an animal shelter temporarily before being moved to a permanent home.

And while coming across confined tigers - except at the zoo - is exceedingly rare, Cottingham said, the city did receive a call about another pet tiger a couple of years ago.

Cottingham has explained that the tiger is unable to stay at BARC's facility on account of the center not being equipped to handle such a cat. Based on a city ordinance, keeping a tiger at a residential home is illegal. "We are working to determine who owns the tiger and who owns the property because that may or may not be the same person".

Animal enforcement officers are pictured with a 350-pound tiger in a Houston garage on February 11, 2019.

On Monday, BARC animal enforcement officers found the tiger and called Houston police, who were able to obtain a warrant and safely remove the tiger. KPRC-TV reported that the Houston Zoo said that it has no plans to take the animal in.

The tiger was insufficiently housed and left alone, but police said it was well-fed and appeared to be healthy. The location is not being made public while an investigation into who owns the tiger continues. "Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild". The tiger slept off the drugs and seemed in good spirits by Tuesday morning.

"They are basically a loaded gun pointed at anyone that encounters them", she said. It's risky for them to have (a tiger down the street).

Some tigers are smuggled into the United States from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country.

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