Woman accused of holding exotic animals in home with child appears in court

HOUSTON - The woman accused of housing tigers and other exotic animals in her northwest Harris County home was in court Thursday morning.

Trisha Meyer is charged with theft and child endangerment. Police in Pahrump, Nevada, arrested her Nov. 7, and she was recently extradited to Harris County.

She told a judge Thursday that she hired her own attorney.

The investigation happened on Sept. 26 in the 11000 block of Cypresswood Drive. Houston police officers said they were sent to investigate Meyer's home after she tried selling a kitten to a man in California for $3,000 but never gave him the kitten after receiving the money.

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

Meyer 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.

In Nevada, Meyer is accused of keeping three tigers in the backyard, as well as eight monkeys inside.

The tigers were in the backyard, feeding on raw chicken, according to police. The backyard was contained by a 4-foot tall fence. A 17-year-old juvenile was supervising the feeding tigers, police said.

She's facing a $12,000 bond on the Harris County charges. Meyer is expected back in court Friday.

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