“Tiger King” star Carole Baskin is on the prowl after joining the conversation about a spotted tiger roaming a Houston neighborhood.
In an interview with CNN, Baskin called on Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to adhere to the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which prohibits private ownership of big cats.
“If it had passed last year, it wouldn’t have happened this time,” Baskin said.
Baskin said the tiger was probably used as a “pay-to-play” prop before it got too big. She also said these occurrences are not uncommon in Texas.
“The only reason people have tigers as pets is to try and show others that they are more powerful than the most powerful creature on the planet,” Baskin said.
The tiger in question has still not been located, according to the Houston Police Department.
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“ It’s someone’s pet ”:Houston police search for mysterious tiger spotted roaming the neighborhood
Neighbors on Sunday recorded video of a crawling tiger in a Houston neighborhood front yard. The deputy of a sheriff on leave made contact with the alleged owner, Victor Hugo Cuevas, before putting the cat in an SUV and driving away at high speed.
Cuevas was arrested on Monday and charged with escaping police. He was on bail for an unrelated case to a fatal 2017 shooting of a man outside a restaurant in neighboring Fort Bend County, the Associated Press reported.
Cuevas’ attorney, Michael W. Elliott, said a man named “Deandre” is the true owner of the tiger named India, KHOU-11 reported.
“People are making a lot of assumptions in this particular case. Maybe he might be the hero who caught the tiger that was in the neighborhood, ”Elliott told the AP.
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