Not all hero wear capes, and not all potheads are crackheads. On Monday an anonymous call from a â€˜concerned citizenâ€™ led to the discovery of a possible poached tiger in a vacant home in Houston, Texas. According toÂ ABC News, Houston Police Department's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit who arrived at the scene after receiving the anonymous tip were shocked to find out an overweight 1000-pound female tiger in a cage with several packets of meat.
"A concerned citizen called 311. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana. We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger. They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that's obviously been abandoned for some time," said Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police.
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Animal Enforcement Officers on a job well done. Earlier Monday, they followed up on an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen regarding a tiger.https://t.co/AAv71RCtUr pic.twitter.com/ComVF8JZS0
USA Today reports that the neglected tiger has been tranquilised and transported to the city's BARC animal shelter, Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.
"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens," she said. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger."
Reports add that the feline has been rehabilitated to a sanctuary in Texas.