They were in the house to smoke marijuana - but this was no drug trip. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage", said Alderete.
The unidentified toker called 311 after making the trippy find. Officials, at first, were skeptical.
Houston Police Department's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit responded to the scene, the report said. The location is not being made public while an investigation into who owns the tiger continues.
It wasn't immediately clear who the tiger belonged to.
But after obtaining a warrant, they found a 25-stone female tiger in deplorable conditions in the house in Houston, Texas.
Police say the animal was being kept in a cage that was not large or sturdy enough for its size with several packages of meat nearby, according to KTRK-TV. It is illegal to keep a tiger within city limits, she added. "We'll get it back to BARC and figure out what tigers eat", BARC Division Manager Jarrad Mears said. First, they tranquilized it and brought in a wreck to help get the large vehicle out. We appreciate the outpouring of concern from the community and people around the world.
Cottingham has explained that the tiger is unable to stay at BARC's facility on account of the center not being equipped to handle such a cat.
"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens", said Cottingham.