Who owns that 'delightful' tiger, Houston officials ask

An overweight tiger was found abandoned in a Houston home on Monday

First, they tranquilized it and brought in a wreck to help get the large auto out. Animal rights and conservation activists say the inconsistent patchwork of laws on tiger ownership in Texas-the state does not track which counties ban tigers, and county-level enforcement is sometimes loose-has resulted in serious consequences, the Statesman reported. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage", said Alderete.

They added that the cage could easily open and the tiger could have gone on a "rampage".

It was subdued and transported to a facility managed by BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions. The location is not being made public while an investigation into who owns the tiger continues.

Houston police sergeant Jason Alderete told local media outlet KTRK-TV: "A concerned citizen called 311".

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", Laura Cottingham, the city's spokesperson for BARC, told KTRK.

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Houston animal control officials would like to know who owns a "perfectly delightful" tiger that turned up unexpectedly in a little used house in a residential part of the city. "We are working to determine who owns the tiger and who owns the property because that may or may not be the same person".

Police said the caged female tiger was found at a home in the 9400 block of East Avenue J.

Houston Zoo said in a statement that it would not be able to take the tiger. We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger. They are endangered - the WWF estimates there are fewer than 4,000 left in the wild. "If you have a child, you have insurance but these guys don't have insurance", she said.

"They can be extremely unsafe".

Keeping a tiger as a pet is never a good idea, she said.

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