Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

Not a hallucination in Texas

The garage was secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, according to police.

Several packages of meat were found with the animal, ABC13 said.

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

They called police on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene. It was subdued and transported to a facility managed by BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions.

The unidentified toker called 311 after making the trippy find. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana.

Cops quizzed the drug user, asking if they were high and if they were sure they'd actually seen a tiger. "They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that's obviously been abandoned for some time".

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It is unclear what charges the owner of the house may face now. An investigation remains ongoing.

Police are investigating after a tiger was found in a home in Houston Monday, reports the CBS affiliate there, KHOU-TV.

"She is pretty large so she doesn't look underfed", Cottingham added, in an on-air news segment.

"She seems to be in good spirits, was really thirsty when they found her, she's not causing a ruckus, but we eagerly anticipating the vets to get here so they can give her the proper medical care, food she probably wants", Cottingham said on Tuesday. "It's a attractive animal and we want it to live a happy healthy life".

While Texas law permits those with wild game permits to own exotic animals like tigers, it is illegal to keep a tiger in a residential area of the city of Houston.

Houston Zoo said in a statement that it would not be able to take the tiger. If the owner is ever found, they could face a big fine.

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