Tiger Found in Abandoned Home in Houston, Texas, by Pot Smoker

A tiger was being kept in a cage in an abandoned house in Texas USA

A Texas man who entered an abandoned home to smoke marijuana on Monday found a tiger in the garage, according to authorities. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage".

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.

When animal control reached the house, they found the tiger and immediately informed HPD.

The tiger is bound for a BARC shelter on a temporary basis, with Cottingham telling the Chronicle that their facility was "not created to house big cats". No one was found in the home with the tiger, but officers say they did discover several packages of meat near the big cat.

Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, said, "A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape".

The tiger will be taken to BARC on Monday night. Based on a city ordinance, keeping a tiger at a residential home is illegal.

An anonymous tipster reported seeing the animal about a week ago, according to BARC. Who had put it there remains unclear.

Police obtained a warrant to search the abandoned to find the tiger in "deplorable conditions".

A female tiger was found inside a vacant Houston home.

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

The tiger was insufficiently housed and left alone, but police said it was well-fed and appeared to be healthy.

That awkward moment where you see a tiger and you don't know if its real or if this is some really good weed.

"They can be extremely risky".

"Only six percent of the U.S. captive tiger population resides in zoos and other facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums", said a WWF report in 2014.

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