Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

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.

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", she said.

Packages of meat were discovered with the animal.

The tiger and the cage it was in were moved to the city's animal control campus for the night after it was discovered in a house in southeast Houston on Monday, Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care spokeswoman Lara Cottingham said.

A tiger was recovered from an abandoned home in Houston, Texas, this week after being spotted by a person looking for a place to smoke marijuana, police say.

The garage had been secured with a screwdriver and nylon strap, according to the police.

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"A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape". That neighbor said she was concerned about the health and safety of the animal.

"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens", said Cottingham.

"We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or [whether] they actually saw a tiger", Jason Alderete, from Houston Police Department, told ABC-affiliate KTRK.

The big cat was friendly but tranquilized as authorities moved her from the home to BARC Animal Shelter.

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

And that's because tigers don't make for great pets, Krahn said. They are endangered - the WWF estimates there are fewer than 4,000 left in the wild.

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