Weed Smoker Stumbles Across Overweight Tiger in Abandoned Houston Garage

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"They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that's obviously been abandoned for some time", said Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage", said Alderete.

The tiger was tranquilised and transported to the city's BARC animal shelter, Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, told USA Today.

A man who broke into an empty Texas home to smoke marijuana ended up coming face-to-face with a caged tiger. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation".

Cottingham said officials believe the tiger is female, though they couldn't be sure until a veterinarian has examined it. It also is unclear who owns the house and what charges, if any, will be filed. Looks like a group of people broke into this abandoned home to smoke a little weed and discovered something they never expected to see.

BARC's Animal Enforcement Officers followed up on an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen regarding a tiger. HPD.

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The tiger was found in Houston in the Harrisburgh/Manchester area of the city.

Officials said the house was empty - except for several packages of meat found near the tiger.

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

Animal trainer Lee Munro bottle feeds Odin, a 5-year-old White Bengal Tiger during a big cat show at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., on June 1, 2007. "Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild", the statement added.