Tiger found, taken from southeast Houston home

Tiger found, taken from southeast Houston home

They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage".

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", said Heidi Krahn, executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education.

The woman, who is remaining anonymous, told police she had gone into the home in a residential part of East Houston when she came across the unexpected inhabitant, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith.

Houston police sergeant Jason Alderete told local media outlet KTRK-TV: "A concerned citizen called 311".

'The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have capacity to receive additional tigers'.

BARC officers found the tiger on Monday.

Animal welfare officers found the tiger on Monday and called the Houston police in order to secure a warrant and remove the tiger.

It was not immediately clear how long the tiger had been living at the depalitated residence.

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

The tiger was tranquillised and transported to a city animal shelter, where it was temporarily placed in a horse pen separate from other animals, Cottingham said.

The Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit of the Houston Police Department also told KTRK that they first questioned whether the people who reported the animal were under the influence of drugs.

In a statement, the Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger.

"They can be extremely risky".

According to the Statesman, despite the thousands of tigers believed to be kept throughout the state, a Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman that only 50 were registered as of February 2018.

Cottingham noted that this Houston tiger's story has happy ending with its upgrade from a garage cage to the sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, which comes with expert care.

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