But once they arrived, police found a caged tiger in the home's garage, according to KTRK. "He could have gone on a rampage in the city ... anything could have happened!" said Sgt. Jason Alderete of the Houston Police Major Offender Animal Cruelty Unit. It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage.
The tipster said they were at the house to smoke marijuana and thought they were hallucinating when they first saw the tiger, according to police.
"A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape".
News of the tiger has created quite a buzz on social media, and reactions have even been curated into their own Twitter Moment titled "Overweight tiger found in abandoned USA home".
"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", said Krahn, who is now caring for six exotic animals at a cost of more than $1million.
Krahn says it is never a good idea to keep one as a pet.
The shelter, which takes in more than 26,000 animals each year, is still trying to find a long-term facility to take the tiger.
"There's an incredible network all across the United States and here in Houston and here in Texas". Packages of meat were discovered with the animal.
The Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger.
'The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have capacity to receive additional tigers'.