Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

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

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

Animal control officers went to investigate after receiving an anonymous 311 call from someone who said they'd seen a tiger, said Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.

Officers tranquillised the female tiger and transported it to the city's animal shelter, where she's staying overnight in a cage inside a horse trailer under round-the-clock surveillance, according to Cottingham.

But once they arrived, police found a caged tiger in the home's garage, according to KTRK. We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger.

'It was a pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape.

She was friendly, police said, but she was tranquilised for safety reasons as they moved her from the home over to BARC's headquarters.

Officials say it could easily open and the tiger could have gone on a "rampage".

"People think that it is fun or that it is cool to have an exotic pet", Cottingham also said yesterday, USA Today reported.

A picture of the tiger was shared by Houston's BARC animal shelter.

"There's an incredible network all across the United States and here in Houston and here in Texas".

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.

Houston Zoo told KPRC-TV it did not have the resources to give the animal a home.

"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".