PETITION TARGET: Sergeant Jason Alderete, Houston Police Department
UPDATE (3/25/2021): The tiger has been relocated to the Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch, where he will live out the rest of his days in peace. He has been renamed Loki, per the results of a naming contest. A judge has ordered Garza to pay around $12,000 in fees for confining the wild animal. She’s also been arrested and charged with animal cruelty but bonded out. Her next hearing is March 29, 2021.
UPDATE (4/5/20): Brittany Garza’s case is ongoing. Garza faces a $4,000 fine and up to one year in jail if found guilty.
The house had been abandoned for quite some time. If not for a concerned citizen discovering and reporting the tiger, there’s no telling how long the big cat would have suffered in this intense captivity — left all alone with a few packages of meat.
The tiger was finally relocated to safety, but whoever was keeping this wild animal prisoner has not yet been found.
Captive tigers such as this are either stolen from their mothers as babies, or bred in cruel captivity for profit. Keeping a tiger as a personal “pet” or exploiting them for money is serious animal abuse, and now authorities must find the person(s) responsible for this.
It’s imperative for law enforcement to treat this crime with the seriousness it deserves. Sign this petition urging Sergeant Jason Alderete of the Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders, Livestock Cruelty Unit to conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute whoever imprisoned the tiger here — and whoever sold the tiger into a life of abuse — to the fullest extent of the law.