According to police, they received an anonymous call about a tiger being found at an abandoned house after the callers said they were going to smoke marijuana there. According to ABC News, Houston Police Department's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit arrived at the scene after receiving the tip to find a 1000-pound tiger (approximately 453 kgs).
Police said the tiger, which appeared well fed and in good health, is being taken to an undisclosed animal sanctuary.
A picture of the tiger was shared by Houston's BARC animal shelter. The cage was kept in a garage that was held closed only with a nylon strap and a screwdriver, police say.
It was not immediately clear how long the tiger had been living at the depalitated residence.
Police are investigating after a tiger was found in a home in Houston Monday, reports the CBS affiliate there, KHOU-TV.
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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.
Neighbor Pablo Briagas told KHOU seeing Tyson was an unsettling experience.
"A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape. My kids ... the neighbor has kids, so, it's scary". Although she was friendly, she was tranquilized for safety reasons.
Authorities could sentence the owner of the tiger with an expensive fine if they identify them.