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A Houston mother has been charged with endangering a child after investigators found she was homeschooling her daughter in a house full of wild animals — including a tiger, three tiger cubs, a cougar, a fox, a skunk and several monkeys.

An investigation was opened after a California man claimed Trisha Meyer swindled him out of $3,000 — the cost of an exotic Savannah kitten he had purchased from Meyer but that Meyer never shipped to him. Meyer has also been charged with felony theft in relation to the incident.

Here’s how they caught her.

homestead_horse_legSouth Florida SPCA

This morning, a man riding through a fairly empty area of Homestead, Florida — a farming community Just southwest of Miami — pulled his horse to a screeching halt. He called Laurie Waggoner, director of branch operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SPCA, and said he had found something awful.

“He saw the remains of a horse,” Waggoner tells New Times. “He said it was badly decomposed.” It was the second horse found slaughtered in Homestead in as many days, leading Waggoner and the SPCA to draw one frightening conclusion: “Someone’s stealing horses and butchering them,” she says.

bodybuilder_horse_hurtersCourtesy of South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Migdalia “Milly” Cowan and her husband, Alex Paez, were regulars on the national bodybuilding circuit, traveling cross-country to flex while glistening in Speedos. But while they competed, prosecutors say, they left their horses — which they used as props in muscled photo shoots — to starve back on their South Miami-Dade ranch.

Paez has already pleaded guilty to the animal abuse charge, but Cowan has so far fought the allegations in court. She’s scheduled to go to trial — and the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is already waiting in the courthouse to ask for a stiff sentence.

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