India, a nine-month-old tiger, was spotted last Sunday in the west of the city and was nearly shot by an MP on leave.
Houston Police Department Commander Ron Borza said it was not clear where the tiger had been in the week since the sighting, but the owner, whose name he gave as Gia, had brought the tiger animal to the police.
It is not known how this happened, but Cdr Borza said: “In no case, shape or form, should you have an animal like this in your house.
“This animal is only nine months old and already weighs 79 kg (175 lbs). At full growth, this animal can reach 600 lbs (270 kg).
“He still has his claws and could do a lot of damage, but luckily for us he’s very tame and he will be heading to a sanctuary tomorrow where he will hopefully live his life in a safe environment. “
He said that Gia was the owner of the tiger, but that her husband Victor was also made the owner of the tiger, although Victor’s lawyer disputed this.
Cdr Borza said Gia is not yet facing criminal charges, but has confirmed keeping an animal such as a tiger within city limits is illegal.
“I just wanted to get the tiger to safety.
“I didn’t go into specifics with her… it’s still an ongoing investigation at the moment. “
He added, “I train every day, but this animal was extremely powerful – if he wanted to defeat you, he could do it instantly.
“You shouldn’t have this in your house – it’s not good for the tiger either: it should run around.” ”