East Texas animal sanctuary granted full custody of tiger found in abandoned home


A tiger found in an abandoned Houston home has been granted full and legal custody at a sanctuary in Murchison joining more than 800 resident animals.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch was granted custody and the tiger was transferred to a 1400-acre sanctuary that emulates a native environment.  

“This tiger was found living in a small cage and is now enjoying the life he deserves – living here in a five-acre, naturally wooded habitat complex that emulates a native environment,” Noelle Almrud, director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch says.

The tiger was found in Houston when people entered an abandoned house to smoke marijuana. That is when the tiger was brought to East Texas to start a new life.

“Since his arrival we have seen him flourish from being fearful and timid, to boldly exploring his habitat,” Almrud says. “He loves to climb high on his platforms and soak up the early morning sun’s rays. He will have the opportunity to roam in wooded forest and nap under a tree without worry or stress. We are grateful this was not a temporary home for him and that BARCtransferred legal custody to us so we can care for him properly for the rest of his life.”

The Ranch is operated by the Fund for Animals, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.

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