OLYMPIA — It will be up to a court to decide what happens to more than 50 animals taken from a Thurston County home, including birds, horses, chickens and an alpaca.

KREM-TV reports Joint Animal Services in Olympia removed 53 creatures from a Thurston County home last month because of concerns about their well-being.

Executive Director Sarah Hock says the owner had not been back for at least 10 days.

While the animals wait for a court decision, the organization’s conference room is holding 26 exotic birds.

Hock says in addition to the birds, there were three cats, two dogs, two horses, an alpaca, 11 geese, four chickens and four ducks.

Hock says the owner of the animals has contested ownership. It could be several months before there’s a court decision.