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May 26, 2021
Jeffery Ritter

Sanctuary provides home for 'pet' tiger

The search for India, the missing tiger in Houston, ended last week and the tiger is now safe. He spent Saturday night at BARC Animal Shelter in Houston and on Sunday morning was transported to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.

Noelle Almrud, senior director of Black Beauty, was on site to pick up the approximately 9-month-old tiger. “Houston authorities did a remarkable job over the past several days to locate India and to ensure the safety of the public and the animal,” Almrud said. “Black Beauty Ranch will provide safe sanctuary for him and give him a proper diet, enrichment, an expansive naturally wooded habitat where he can safely roam and will provide everything else he needs to be the healthy wild tiger he deserves to be.”

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said, “We’re relieved India is safe. We cannot have dangerous wild animals roaming neighborhoods or living in people’s homes. Forcing these animals to live under such conditions, confined and treated as a ‘pet,’ is inhumane and a serious public safety risk—no matter how ‘cute’ or ‘tame’ the animal may seem. Big cats like India express natural, unpredictable behaviors that can occur at any moment. Situations like this are why we are working to pass federal legislation. The Big Cat Public Safety Act would prohibit keeping big cats as pets.”

This is not the first time in Texas that Black Beauty has taken in a tiger who was a victim of the exotic pet trade. The sanctuary worked with BARC in February 2019 to take in Loki, a former “pet” tiger once confined to a cage where he could barely turn around. Just three months ago, the sanctuary worked with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to provide a home for Elsa - another former pet found in freezing temperatures wearing a harness.

India will be examined by the staff veterinarian at the sanctuary and will remain quarantined for the required 30 days to keep him safe. 

Almrud added, “Our hope is that we get full and legal custody of India so that he can live out his life here at Blacky Beauty Ranch, where he can have the life a tiger should  — as close as possible to what he would have in the wild.”}

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