It was quite a Mother’s Day in a Houston neighborhood where a pet tiger was on the loose and held at gunpoint by a sheriff’s deputy who can be heard telling someone to “get the f–k back inside” as he refuses to negotiate with a guy who says “I’ll get him.”
According to KHOU, the deputy made a point to tell dispatchers that he “only pointed his weapon at the cat, not people, to keep the neighborhood safe.”
“This is about a tiger. I’m on the phone with the caller, who is a sheriff’s department sergeant, and he’s holding the owner, and the owner is trying to leave,” dispatchers said over open communication caught by Broadcastify.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) May 10, 2021
Is it even legal to have a tiger as a pet in Texas? Yes, depending on where you live in the state. Tigers are not allowed to be owned as pets inside Houston city limits, according to KHOU, but they’re fine in unincorporated Harris County, if the owner has registered the animal and holds insurance. The state of Texas allows ownership of tigers if the owner registers the animal with the sheriff’s office so they know where these suckers are located.
As for the tiger in this Mother’s Day case, it was taken away before police pulled up. One neighbor reports the tiger’s owner was able to get out of there with the tiger and two chimpanzees before the police showed up.
Just another day on the wild streets of Texas.
Owner that fled from police with the Tiger and 2 chimpanzees!! Craziness! pic.twitter.com/dy1B8amWVs
— AWeb13 (@AlainaW69265029) May 10, 2021
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) May 10, 2021