Inside the residence, investigators also found a cage in the home's garage that was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver and several packages of meat.
When animal control reached the house, they found the tiger and immediately informed HPD.
"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", said Heidi Krahn, executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education.
"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens", said Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department. The state of Texas allows owning a tiger with proper permits, but it's illegal in Houston.
An anonymous tipster discovered the 1,000-pound tiger illegally held in a residential home, according to Houston's KTRK-TV.
A stoner who entered an abandoned home to some marijuana thought he may have already been high when he encountered a tiger inside.
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Houston Zoo said in a statement that it would not be able to take the tiger. Now it has found a new home of its own.
"Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign", officials added.
There is an ongoing investigation into who owns the house and how the tiger got in there, she said.
"I tried to explain to people it's a lot like having a child".
Other than dehydration, the tiger appeared to be in good health. It's risky for them to have (a tiger down the street).
Cottingham noted that this Houston tiger's story has happy ending with its upgrade from a garage cage to the sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, which comes with expert care.