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Animal-filled house on ritzy street condemned

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A home on affluent Summit Avenue was condemned after authorities discovered 76 animals inside, including two pythons, a Russian tortoise and geckos.

Animal-control workers also found nine ferrets, two chinchillas, six tropical birds, corn snakes and three rats living with a man and his four children.

Some of the city's premier homes line Summit Avenue, including the governor's mansion.

A search warrant was issued for Wednesday's raid, after authorities were rebuffed on three visits to the home.

On July 21, the homeowner had returned a dead parrot he had bought at a pet store June 2, the store owner said. That same day, the owner dropped off a dead guinea pig at the University of Minnesota diagnostics lab and said several of his rodents had died. A neighbor reported seeing two of the children trying to bury seven dead ferrets in the yard on Monday.

The city allows no more than three dogs and three cats at a residence without a permit.