Alleged animal house owners fight to get pets back

The couple accused of keeping more than 100 animals in their Saddle River mansion was in court Tuesday asking to get some of those animals back.

Animal rescuers pulled more than 150 animals, both dead and alive, from the Tamis? mansion last month. The floors of their foreclosed multimillion-dollar mansion were covered in feces and ruined by urine.

The couple was in court hoping to get six animals returned to them. Their attorney said the Tamises fear those six animals would be euthanized.

The judge ordered the six animals be kept alive at the temporary shelter where the rescued animals are being cared for. However, he rejected the bid to get any of them back. The judge said the couple is not permitted to own, buy, adopt or control any animals until further notice.

The couple?s attorney says his clients have a new home with a yard and would not be overwhelmed by the six animals. He claims Cynthia Tamis fell victim to depression and a compulsive need to hoard animals. He said this is when Mrs. Tamis became overwhelmed by the animals and couldn?t care for them.

Cythia Tamis and her husband, Philip, each face 20 counts of animal cruelty, but more counts could be added.

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