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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 foundthousands 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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