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India, the Tiger

Updated May 16, 2021 at 9:52 AM CT

Bengal tiger missing for a week in Houston - has been found

     It’s been a week since a 9-month-old, 175-pound Bengal tiger was spotted roaming through a Houston neighborhood, but HPD Major Offenders Commander Ron Borza says “India” the Tiger is “healthy” after being turned in to authorities. 

“The tiger appears to be in very good health,” Houston Police Department Commander Ron Borza said at a news conference late Saturday.

On Saturday, a “concerned citizen” in contact with India’s owner’s wife, identified as Gia, contacted the local animal shelter, Borza said, and helped arranged for India to be turned over to authorities.

Borza explained he let Gia come along as India was taken to the shelter “because of the stress the tiger’s been through the last couple of weeks. He was obviously agitated . . . The animal likes attention.”

“It wasn’t found,” Borza added. “It was brought to us.”‘

Police still don’t know exactly where India was hiding since the first sighting last week. Owner Victory Cuevas was arrested Monday and charged with evading arrest, accused of fleeing after officers responded to a call about a dangerous animal. Cuevas was already out on bond for a murder charge in a 2017 fatal shooting. 

“The tiger was passed around a little bit, but ultimately Gia knew where the tiger was at all times,” Borza said. “If it wasn’t with her, she (Gia) knew where it was at.”

No charges have been filed, and cops don’t know how the alleged owner, Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, came into possession of India, Borza said.

“In no way shape or form should you have an animal like that in your household. It still had its claws, and he could do a lot of damage if he decided to. Luckily, he’s very tame.”

On Sunday, India is slated to go to Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, about three hours north of Houston.

Tigers are banned under a city ordinance unless the handler, such as a zoo, is licensed to have exotic animals.

There are more Tigers in the State of Texas than there are in the wild worldwide.

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Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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