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Couple Denied Request to Get Back Seized Pets

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A Waynesboro couple who had dozens of animals seized from their home for neglect will not get any of their pets back - at least not yet.

A judge denied the request Monday morning after authorities rescued the animals from their home earlier this month.

Ten days ago, police and animal control officers removed cats, dogs and even a parakeet from the couple's house on North Augusta Avenue. Monday, the couple appeared in Waynesboro District Court for a civil proceeding.

During the hearing, the middle-aged woman asked for one of the puppies back. But the judge said he didn't believe they were capable of taking care of any of the animals. 

Officers had found two dead cats and seized dozens of other cats, four dogs, rabbits and birds when they searched the couple's home. Now, they also owe the city almost $5,000 in animal care costs. Police say it's unlikely they'll come up with that money, so the taxpayers will may be forced to absorb that cost. 

Right now, the animals are staying at Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center and Woodworth Animal Hospital.

Officials have lifted the condemnation on the home, because the husband has been fixing it up.

Right now, the woman is out of treatment from Crossroads and staying in an assisted living facility in Staunton.

The couple has 10 days to appeal this decision.

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