Woman arrested after dangerous, exotic animals discovered in home

Mother arrested on child endangerment charges

PAHRUMP, Nev. – Police said they found exotic and dangerous animals at a Texas home where a woman lived with a child.

The investigation happened on Sept. 26 in Houston.

Houston Police Department officers said they were sent to investigate Trisha Meyer’s home after she tried selling a kitten to a man in California for $3,000, but never gave him the animal after receiving the money.

When officers arrived at the home, they found several wild animals all roaming freely inside Meyer’s home, including three tigers, a cougar, a skunk and a fox, police said. They also found Meyer’s 14-year-old daughter in the home during that time, police said.

She also told police she had several monkeys, which can be vicious and had attacked someone previously, police said.

Police said she had permits for the tigers, but none for the skunks and foxes. BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions took the animals into protective custody, police said.

Meyer was arrested Monday and charged with child endangerment. She is being held on a $2,000 bail in the Nye County, Nevada, Jail.   

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