Pot-smoking tipster finds tiger in abandoned house, police say

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Per KTRK, authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked "rinky-dink" cage, per Click2Houston.

Officials tell KHOU-TV the tiger was well fed, but the cage was secured by a nylon strap and screwdriver. The location isn't being made public while an investigation into who owns the tiger continues.

Images from Houston's animal control agency showed three officers preparing to move the animal to a secure location. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation", Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston, told the NBC Houston.

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"This is not the first tiger that has been picked up by BARC", Cottingham said.

The tiger will be taken to BARC on Monday night.

'There's an incredible network all across the United States and here in Houston and here in Texas. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger".

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'The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, February 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported, ' it said.

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.

"Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign", officials added.

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