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56 dogs, cats, and birds rescued from upscale Oklahoma City home

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dozens of dogs, cats and birds were seized from an upscale home in Oklahoma City.

Fifty-six animals were rescued from a house near N.W. 150th and May, including dozens of cats.

That came as no surprise to those who know the homeowner.

"She's told me she had over the legal limit of cats," said Dana Puckett.

In addition to the cats, more than a dozen dogs and doves were also taken. Animal welfare workers carried nearly 60 boxes of animals out of the home.

Fortunately, most of the animals appeared to be healthy and well fed.

"She provides vet care to all these animals," said Puckett. "She's out thousands of dollars on a regular basis."

Puckett, a family friend who runs a rescue herself, says the animals were not abused or neglected, but admits the owners were breaking the law.

"You know it's a clean living environment. She just has more animals than she legally can in the city limits," said Puckett.

In Oklahoma City, the law allows for a maximum of 4 cats and 4 dogs per home.

"It's for the safety of the animals and people," said Julie Bank with OKC Animal Control. "When you have too many animals piled up, you have a lot of different issues to deal with."

Animal welfare got called to the home, not by a neighbor's complaint, but because of a domestic incident; although animal welfare has seized animals from the home in the past.

"We've been following this home since 2011. This is the second time we've been called to the home," said Bank.

The dogs, cats and birds were all caged up and taken to animal control.

If possible, the animals will be put up for adoption or rescue.

The owners of the home were given a number of citations for failing to provide proper care to the animals.

No arrests were made.

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