Police dispatched to a Texas woman's home found exotic and dangerous animals roaming freely, including three tigers, a cougar and a skunk.

Houston Police Department officers were sent to the home of Trisha Meyer in Cypress after she alleged sold a kitten to a man for $3,000 (£2,400) but never delivered the animal, Click2Houston.com reported.

When officers arrived at the home they found wild animals roaming freely, while Meyer's 14-year-old daughter played with the tigers, the Houston Chronicle added.

Meyer allegedly told police that she also owned monkeys, which had previously attacked people.

"It should be noted that the defendant homeschools her children," according to the court documents.

Meyer had licenses to keep the tigers but not the skunks or foxes, police said. The animals have now been placed in shelters.

After the police visit she allegedly fled to Las Vegas with all of her animals, and from there to Pahrump, where she was arrested.

She was arrested on 14 November, and charged with child endangerment. Meyer has also been charged with felony theft in relation to the failure to deliver the kitten, reported the Chronicle, citing court documents.

She is being held on a $2,000 bail in the Nye County, Nevada, Jail.