Judge: Animal shelter to keep tiger seized from Houston home

A judge has ruled that an animal shelter can keep a tiger that was rescued from an abandoned Houston home

HOUSTON -- A judge has ruled that an animal shelter can keep a tiger that was rescued from an abandoned Houston home.

Authorities say the 350 pound (160 kilogram) tiger was improperly secured in a small cage, and was sitting on hay and its own waste.

Houston police believe Brittany Garza is the tiger's owner and have filed a civil lawsuit accusing her of animal cruelty. She refuses to explain how she obtained the tiger.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the judge ordered Garza to pay about $11,600 to cover the cost of the tiger's care.

Garza's lawyer declined comment.