Custody of thousands of exotic animals still undecided

Custody of thousands of exotic animals still undecided

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Chinchillas are among the thousands of animals confiscated from U.S. Global Exotics in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. Starving snakes, dead rodents and hundreds of reptiles packed in shipping crates were discovered Tuesday when animal welfare groups in Texas raided an exotic animal delivery company, officials said. (AP photo/Star-Telegram, Kelley Chinn)

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by JAN PHIPPS / WFAA-TV

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Posted on December 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 27 at 4:08 PM

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ARLINGTON — Animal welfare officials will be back in court in Arlington Monday seeking custody of thousands of exotic animals seized earlier this month.

The December 15 raid on the U.S. Global Exotics warehouse was one of the largest of its kind. Officials found thousands of animals,  including snakes, wallabies, tarantulas, turtles, and hedgehogs.

Many were in overcrowded cages and were malnourished. 

Some of the animals were dead.

U.S. Global Exotics representatives said the animals were well cared for. 

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