Police seize hundreds of animals from Arkansas home

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in southwest Arkansas have seized hundreds of animals, including snakes, lizards and rats, from a Texarkana home as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

The Texarkana Gazette reports the animals were seized after authorities received several calls from people concerned about the animals. The newspaper reports that when authorities first arrived, they discovered several dead snakes and a dead kitten inside of a freezer.

A search warrant says authorities seized about 260 rats, 10 pythons, a bearded dragon, a gecko, four hamsters, two rabbits, a ferret and several birds, as well as six dogs, two puppies and a kitten. An affidavit says those animals were not being cared for properly, but most have been placed in foster homes.

Authorities say the owner will face 16 counts of animal cruelty.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com