The tiger was found in Houston in the Harrisburgh/Manchester area of the city.
Police say the animal was being kept in a cage that was not large or sturdy enough for its size with several packages of meat nearby, according to KTRK-TV.
They called police on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene. It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage.
Cops quizzed the drug user, asking if they were high and if they were sure they'd actually seen a tiger.
On Tuesday, an undisclosed animal sanctuary in Texas will transport Tyson to his new home.
"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", said Krahn, who is now caring for six exotic animals at a cost of more than $1million.
The animal was be taken to an animal shelter temporarily before being moved to a permanent home. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger".
Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.
An anonymous tip from a "concerned citizen" led to the discovery of a tiger at a vacant home in Houston, Texas, US.
The Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger.
'The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, February 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported, ' it said.
"Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign", officials added.