updated 2/10/2009 4:18:03 PM ET 2009-02-10T21:18:03

More than 100 chickens, rabbits, rodents, iguanas and tarantulas have been removed from a two-bedroom Buffalo apartment by authorities who needed three vans to cart off the menagerie.

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Police officers responding to an animal mistreatment complaint at a South Buffalo apartment found the animals living in a couple's cramped apartment Monday. The animals were removed in dozens of cages and cardboard containers by officers from the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The animals included about 100 chickens and rabbits.

The couple living in the second-story apartment has been charged with animal cruelty.

The SPCA is trying to find homes for some of the animals, while other animal rescue organizations are expected to take some.

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