Tiger found, taken from southeast Houston home

Lamar Ellis
February 13, 2019

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.

BARC Animal Shelter and Houston Police Department's Major Offender Animal Cruelty Unit tranquilized and rescued the tiger after obtaining a warrant from Houston police, and nicknamed the animal "Tyson" in reference to the movie "The Hangover". The cage was kept in a garage that was held closed only with a nylon strap and a screwdriver, police say.

Officials say it could have easily opened and the tiger could have gone on a "rampage".

Houston police are conducting an investigation into who may own the tiger.

Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.

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News of the tiger has created quite a buzz on social media, and reactions have even been curated into their own Twitter Moment titled "Overweight tiger found in abandoned United States home".

It's legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit but it's illegal to have one in Houston and Tyson's owner, if found, could face a hefty fine.

Animal Enforcement Officers with Houston's BARC Animal Shelter responded to move the tiger to its headquarters temporarily.

Neighbors were none too pleased to discover the danger that had lurked near them for an unknown amount of time.

"A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape", Lara Cottingham with the city of Houston told KPRC.

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