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Shelter workers build coops to hold seized birds

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TAZEWELL, Tenn. (AP) - Claiborne County animal shelter workers had to build coops to hold a number of chickens and peafowl after police stopped a truck pulling a stuffed horse trailer.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported police found 134 animals in the trailer after the truck driver was stopped early Saturday in Tazewell for moving slowly and having a broken tail light. Officials said the couple in the truck surrendered the animals to authorities and were released on signature bonds.

Among the animals were 100 chickens, 18 rabbits, nine peafowl and several dogs.

Shelter director Liza Martz said the animals are part of a criminal investigation and can't be sold or adopted. Shelter coordinator Randy Bullen says holding them is going to be a big expense for the shelter.