HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating after a tiger was found Monday in a house in southeast Houston.
Authorities said that a couple of people who went to the abandoned house to smoke marijuana called 311 when they found the tiger. 311 officials transferred the call to BARC Animal Shelter, who received a Houston police order to search the house in block 9400 of East Avenue J.
The teams nicknamed him "Tyson" after the movie "The Hangover". The officers said that Tyson was well fed and in good condition but badly housed.
"He's in a rinky dink cage that could be easily opened, secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver to the top of the cage, he could have made a fuss in the city … anything could have happened!
The Animal Cruelty Unit of the Major Offender and the HPC BARC responded and reassured Tiger Tyson so they could move him to BARC at night. On Tuesday, an undisclosed animal sanctuary in Texas will transport Tyson to his new home. The location is not being made public while the investigation continues on who owns the tiger.
In Texas it is legal to have a tiger if the owner has a wild hunting permit. However, it is illegal to have a tiger in Houston and the owner, if found, could face a considerable fine.
"It's big and scary," said neighbor Pablo Briagas. "Many children around the street too. My children … the neighbor has children, so it's scary. "
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