Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2019

No one was home when the tiger was found. "He could have gone on a rampage in the city ... anything could have happened!" said Sgt. Jason Alderete of the Houston Police Major Offender Animal Cruelty Unit. Cops converged on the home Monday with a warrant and did indeed find the tiger, who they say was living in "deplorable" conditions, with a few packages of meat left alongside her.

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.

"A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape".

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

Agency spokeswoman Lara Cottingham told the Houston Chronicle that a wildlife refuge would take the tiger on Tuesday. Officials said the individual had initially been asked if they were hallucinating or high.

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

'There's an incredible network all across the United States and here in Houston and here in Texas.

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

'The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, February 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported, ' it said.

An anonymous tip from a "concerned citizen" led to the discovery of a tiger in a vacant home in Houston, Texas, on Monday.

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