Tiger seen roaming around Houston neighborhood found unharmed

By: Alyssa Wilson

India, the nine-month-old tiger on the loose in Houston, has been found after several days of searches conducted by authorities. According to ABC News, the tiger was found unharmed on Saturday after the owner contacted the Houston Police Department to surrender the animal.  

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Police said the woman who surrendered the tiger is the wife of Victor Cuevas. The 26-year-old was arrested Monday and charged with evading arrest. He was out on bond related to a 2017 murder charge.

It is illegal to own a wild animal in Houston, but it is allowed in the area surrounding Harris County. Private owners must meet requirements, including registering the animal with animal control, properly caging it and keeping the animal at least 1,000 feet away from a school, child care facility or residential home.   

Houston Police Department Commander Ron Borza said exotic animals are not safe in residential areas. “Just because we got India back today doesn’t mean there aren’t other exotic animals in the city of Houston,” he said. “I’d like to round them all up and put them in a safe environment because it’s not safe in an apartment. It’s not safe in a house. They need to be with other animals.”  

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