Mom Arrested After Cops Find 4 Tigers, Cougar, Fox and Skunk Roaming Free in Her Home

Cops said Trisha Meyer's 14-year-old daughter was petting the tigers at the time of her arrest.

A Texas woman was arrested after police discovered four tigers, a cougar, a fox and a skunk freely roaming around her home, where she was living with her 14-year-old daughter.

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Trisha Meyer was taken into custody Monday after Houston police said several wild animals were discovered in her home after an investigation lasting several weeks.

According to a document from the Harris County District Attorney, an adult male tiger, three tiger cubs, a fox, a cougar and a skunk were loose in the home at the time of her arrest. There were also several monkeys in the home, "which [the] defendant stated can be vicious, and one in particular has attacked other people," it stated.

Meyer's teenage daughter, who is homeschooled, was "petting and making physical contact with the tigers," the report continued.

Meyer admitted the tigers were dangerous and could kill, but she locks up the tigers when she leaves the home, according to the report.

According to officials, Meyer had permits for the tigers, but none for the fox or skunk, which were confiscated by Texas Game Warden and released into the wild.

"I assume since they were released, they were in decent shape," Texas Game Warden spokesman Steve Lightfoot told

The rest of the animals, including the tigers, were also eventually confiscated by another agency.

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The investigation began in September, when cops said she tried selling a kitten to a man in California for $3,000. After she received the cash, she reportedly never handed over the kitten.

She was kicked out of her Houston home after cops contacted her landlord about her exotic animals.

Officials said she fled to Las Vegas with her animals, and then to Pahrump in Nye County where cops finally tracked her down.

She is currently facing charges of endangering a child, with bail set at $10,000.

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