(CNN) -- It took a little convincing before police believed a man who reported this strange discovery.

The concerned citizen claimed to have entered an abandoned home in Houston, Texas to smoke pot and found a tiger.

So, naturally, authorities were suspicious.

"We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger," Sgt. Jason Alderete of the Houston Police Department's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit told CNN affiliate KTRK.

But once they arrived, police found a caged tiger in the home's garage, according to KTRK.

The home had been abandoned for some time, Alderete said. But several packages of meat were found with the animal, who authorities nicknamed "Tyson" after the movie "The Hangover."

Officials told KHOU-TV its cage was only secured by a nylon strap and screwdriver. They said it could have easily opened and the tiger could have gone on a "rampage."

The tiger was eventually tranquilized and transferred to an animal shelter. 

"We made arrangements for the tiger to be transferred to another facility that is licensed to handle exotic pets," executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education Heidi Krahn told KTRK.

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy," she said.

And that's because tigers don't make for great pets, Krahn said.

"They are basically a loaded gun pointed at anyone that encounters them," she said. "They can be extremely dangerous."

The case is still under investigation, and it's unclear if the owner will face any charges.

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