Tiger confined in backyard seized from Dallas home in cruelty investigation
In another sad case of animal cruelty in Dallas, a tiger was found confined in a backyard cage in southeast Dallas.
The tiger has been seized, along with a menagerie of other animals commonly used in illegal fighting rings.
According to a release from the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Police executed four search warrants in an animal cruelty investigation on August 25 in the 5700 block of Johnson Lane.
Police were initially investigating a rooster and dog-fighting operation. While executing one of the warrants in that investigation, they found the tiger in an enclosure on the property.
Officers also seized dogs, roosters, and chickens.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and Texas Parks And Wildlife Department are assisting in the investigation.
The Dallas Zoo and Dallas Animal Services are also assisting the department.
Charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
Unfortunately, Texas is stupid and allows residents to own lions and tigers, as long as they register their animals with local authorities and register with the Department of State Health and Human Services. They're also supposed to carry a minimum of $100,000 in liability insurance.
There are also caging requirements: Each tiger needs at least 300 square feet of space and an 8 foot fence. This cage must be covered but not if that enclosure is more than 1,000 square feet.
The 5700 block of Johnson Lane is outside Loop 12 but inside I-20, east of 342, west of I-45, in a backwater rural zone about a mile from Paul Quinn College.