Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned Houston home, police say

Nellie Chapman
February 12, 2019

Houston animal control officials would like to know who owns a "perfectly delightful" tiger that turned up unexpectedly in a little used house in a residential part of the city.

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

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.

A caged, overweight female tiger was found abandoned in a Houston home on Monday, officials said.

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.

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A couple thought they might be hallucinating after sneaking into a vacant Texas home to smoke weed - and finding a tiger inside. But several packages of meat were found with the animal, KTRK reported.

The tiger was taken to an animal shelter and will be transferred to an undisclosed animal sanctuary in Texas. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger". "More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets unsafe, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it".

It wasn't immediately clear who the tiger belonged to.

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

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

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