The pot-smoking individual, who initially thought they were hallucinating, notified police after they discovered that the male tiger was a real animal, KPRC-TV reported on Monday.
They said the house had been abandoned for quite some time but there were several packages of meat fount near it.
The tiger, now named "Tyson" after the movie 'The Hangover, ' will be the third tiger at the ranch, which is now home to almost 800 animals. Click2Houston added that the cage was not locked and the garage was secured by a screwdriver and a nylon strap.
A caged, overweight female tiger was found abandoned in a Houston home on Monday, officials said.
Exotic animals are now readily available to anyone who wants to buy or own one.
'How do you even get a tiger?' the dispatcher said, bewildered. Cottingham toldUSA Today that they had taken to calling the tiger 'Danielle'. However, it's illegal to have one in the city of Houston.
The Wylie sanctuary owner says in the next couple of days she has to go back down to the Houston area and pick up three more tigers that someone couldn't care for. Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.
The tiger was tranquilized and taken to a local animal shelter, and has since secured a forever home.
"This is not the first tiger that we have been called out to investigate", said Lara Cottingham, the chief of staff of the city's administration and regulatory affairs department.
In 2016, the Conroe Police Department received a report of a tiger roaming a residential neighborhood after an escape from someone's backyard.
It really was a tiger inside the vacant home. "Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild".
And that's because tigers don't make for great pets, Krahn said. "Even if they had it as a pet, that's unsafe".