"At first we thought the tiger was walking toward the guys to attack but we realized that he was just trying to go across the street to the house where they were keeping him", Torres said.
"If that tiger was to get out and start doing some damage yesterday, I'm sure one of these citizens would have shot the tiger - and we don't want to see that".
Police in Houston are looking for a man who claimed to be "with the zoo" after a tiger apparently escaped from his residence and roamed the neighborhood. Ron Borza said during a news conference Monday. He is free on $250,000 bail.
"My main concern is focusing on finding him and finding the tiger".
Police received a call about a tiger on the loose in the Houston neighborhood around 8 p.m. Sunday, the report said.
Borza said residents should not have such animals because they can be unpredictable.
During the encounter, the Waller County sheriff's deputy can be heard yelling at a man believed to be the tiger's caretaker. After a brief pursuit, the suspect got away. Or, if they lived on Ivy Wall Drive in a west Houston neighborhood just off of George Bush Park, they may have spent the evening avoiding being eaten by a tiger. But when officers arrived, the owner put the tiger in an SUV, and drove off, police said. He said the whereabouts of the monkeys are unclear. Police are investigating the incident. Neighbors said he was only pointing the gun to protect other neighbors in the area.
According to the City of Houston's code of ordinances, it is illegal to house a wild animal, including tigers and lions, in a residence or a business inside the city limits. Both KHOU and KTRK both report that a tiger was found caged in an abandoned home on the city's southeast side in 2019. The home's former owner faced animal cruelty charges, and the tiger was later sent to animal sanctuary.
Estimates on how many tigers live in Texas range from 2,000 to 5,000.
In February of this year, a young tiger named Elsa was found in the yard in Bexar County, Texas, home, wearing a harness when she was rescued in freezing temperatures.
Laws governing tiger ownership vary around Texas-there's no state law forbidding tiger ownership, though owners are supposed to register their absurd pet. The most likely prospect for change lies not in Texas, but in Washington, D.C. The Big Cat Public Safety Act was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate last month, after stalling during the previous Congressional term.
"Yet another unsafe wild animal was apparently on the loose this weekend in Houston", Loney said.