An anonymous tipster who reportedly went to a Houston house to smoke marijuana found a live tiger inside.
Houston police Sgt. Jason Alderete told KTRK-TV that the person who called 311 was asked if they were under the effects of drugs or actually saw a tiger.
But the tiger was real and was being kept in a “rinky-dink” cage in a garage in the 9400 block of East Avenue J, police told KPRC-TV. The garage was being secured with a screwdriver and nylon strap.
Several packages of meat were found with the animal, KTRK reported.
Houston police obtained a warrant to enter the home and on Monday, BARC animal enforcement officers retrieved the tiger, the shelter said in a Facebook post.
Lara Cottingham with BARC told the Houston Chronicle that the caller was reportedly concerned the tiger was being held in a cage that was too small.
Cottingham said a wildlife refuge can take the female tiger, but not until Tuesday, so it will be spending the night at the BARC shelter “safely secured from our other animals.”