An anonymous neighbor searching for a place to smoke marijuana stumbled upon a live tiger caged inside the garage of an abandoned Texas home, police said.
“We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or if they actually saw a tiger,” Sgt. Jason Alderete told ABC 13. But the caller insisted they “saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that’s obviously been abandoned for some time.”
When Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit arrived a the home earlier this week, they did in fact discover a 350-pound jungle cat locked away inside a “rinky-dink” cage. The home’s garage was secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap at the time, police told Click2Houston.
The tiger was friendly despite it’s “deplorable” living conditions and was tranquilized before they moved her from the garage to the BARC shelter.
The nonprofit group in a Facebook post on Tuesday announced the tiger has “left BARC for a new life at an animal sanctuary where she can receive the specialized care she needs and deserves!”
Laura Cottingham, the city spokesperson for BARC, told the news station that she’s seen several instances where tigers have been smuggled in from Mexico and kept as a pets.
“They are basically a loaded gun pointed at anyone who encounters them,” she said. “They can be extremely dangerous.
Authorities are working to determine who owned the property and the tiger. It’s not clear whether charges will be filed in case.