The garage was being secured with a screwdriver and nylon strap.
Houston police sergeant Jason Alderete told local media outlet KTRK-TV: "A concerned citizen called 311".
'The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, February 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported, ' it said.
The tiger and the cage it was in were moved to the city's animal control campus for the night after it was discovered in a house in southeast Houston on Monday, Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care spokeswoman Lara Cottingham said.
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They were in the house to smoke marijuana - but this was no drug trip. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger". "They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that's obviously been abandoned for some time".
The case is still under investigation and it's unclear if the owner will face any charges.
BARC officers found the tiger on Monday. "She was thirsty and wasn't especially threatening [but] they did tranquilize her just before they transported her". 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.
'The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have capacity to receive additional tigers'. "They can be extremely unsafe". They are endangered - the WWF estimates there are fewer than 4,000 left in the wild.