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India, the pet tiger, enjoying its ‘freedom’

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India the tiger is leaping into a brand new start.

The big cat made headlines earlier this month after Houston residents spotted the 9-month-old tiger roaming around a neighborhood. After several days of searching for the animal, which was being kept as a pet, India’s owner surrendered the animal to the authorities.

Houston Police Department Commander Ron Borza said in a news briefing on May 16 that Gia Cuevas, who owns the tiger with husband Victor Hugo Cuevas, turned the big cat in. “The tiger was passed around a little bit, but ultimately Gia knew where the tiger was at all times,” said Borza. “If it wasn’t with her, she knew where it was at.”

It is illegal to own a tiger in Houston, according to Borza, but Gia is not currently facing charges.

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CREDIT: THE HSUS

In need of a home, India was moved to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas that is part of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The tiger arrived at the ranch on May 15, where his caretakers put him in a temporary enclosure so he could decompress, according to the HSUS.