- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

MOTTVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Investigators have discovered exotic animals living in foul conditions at a house in southwestern Michigan, including an aggressive monkey in a cage and wallabies hopping around.

St. Joseph County animal control officers were working with a Battle Creek-area zoo to remove and assess the animals Friday in Mottville Township, 40 miles south of Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo Gazette (https://bit.ly/1PoclbZ ) says the animals included an albino wallaby. Wallabies sometimes are mistakenly identified as kangaroos.

Two people were charged with animal abandonment and cruelty. Sheriff Bradley Balk says the pair may have formerly operated an exotic animal shop, first in Granger, Indiana, and then in Elkhart, Indiana.

Balk says the house had a “nasty” smell.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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