Police said the caged female tiger was found at a home in the 9400 block of East Avenue J
An anonymous tipster reported seeing the animal about a week ago, according to BARC
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
The tiger was found in a "rinky-dink" cage in the garage, which was not locked, police said. The garage was secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, 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. So it was important that we get it out of that situation," Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston, said
BARC officers found the tiger on Monday. They called Houston police, who were able to secure a warrant and remove the tiger.