HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man free on bond from a homicide cost was returned to custody Monday after neighbors discovered a pet tiger wandering round a Houston neighborhood.
Houston police tweeted Monday night time that Victor Hugo Cuevas, 26, was again in custody charged with felony evading arrest.
Police had stated they believed the tiger had belonged to Cuevas, however his legal professional questioned the accuracy of that perception.
Video of the Sunday night time encounter reveals the tiger coming face-to-face with an armed off-duty Waller County sheriff’s deputy, police stated. In the course of the encounter, the deputy might be heard yelling at Cuevas to get the animal again inside.
When officers arrived, Cuevas put the animal in a white Jeep Cherokee and drove off, Houston police Cmdr. Ron Borza stated throughout a information convention Monday. Cuevas bought away after a short pursuit, he stated.
Police stated Monday that the tiger’s whereabouts should not identified.
Borza had stated earlier Monday that the primary concern was discovering Cuevas and discovering the tiger “as a result of what I don’t need him to do is hurt that tiger. We now have loads of locations we are able to take that tiger and maintain it protected and provides it a house for the remainder of its life.”
Cuevas’ legal professional, Michael W. Elliott, stated he didn’t suppose Cuevas was the proprietor of the tiger or that he was caring for the animal. The legal professional additionally stated it was unclear to him if it was Cuevas seen on movies of the incident.
“Persons are making quite a lot of assumptions on this specific case. Perhaps he is perhaps the hero on the market who caught the tiger that was within the neighborhood,” Elliott stated.
Cuevas was charged with homicide in a 2017 deadly taking pictures of a person outdoors a restaurant in neighboring Fort Bend County and was out on bond. Elliott stated Cuevas has maintained the taking pictures was self-defense and is harmless of the homicide cost.
Cuevas additionally apparently had two monkeys within the dwelling, Borza stated.
Having a monkey is just not unlawful in Houston if the animal is underneath 30 kilos (13.5 kilograms). Tigers should not allowed inside Houston metropolis limits except the handler, similar to a zoo, is licensed to have unique animals. Texas has no statewide regulation forbidding personal possession of tigers and different unique animals.
In 2019, some individuals who went into an deserted Houston dwelling to smoke marijuana discovered a caged tiger. The tiger’s proprietor was later ordered to pay for the animal’s care at an East Texas wildlife refuge.
“Non-public residents and emergency responders mustn’t have to come back head to head with a lion or a tiger in a disaster,” stated Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Motion, a Washington, D.C.-based animal rights group. “These animals belong within the wild or in respected sanctuaries or zoos and nowhere else.”
Borza stated residents mustn’t have such animals as a result of they are often unpredictable.
“If that tiger was to get out and begin doing a little harm yesterday, I’m certain one in every of these residents would have shot the tiger. We now have loads of neighbors out right here with weapons, and we don’t need to see that. It’s not the animal’s fault. It’s the breeder’s fault. It’s unacceptable,” he stated.
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