Owners of Confiscated Rodents Say Animals Were "Taken, Not Rescued."

They're not just reptiles, according to Kenny and Mary Evans.

The snakes they sell are their babies, they say, and so are the rodents they feed them with.

WOWT spoke with the owners of hundreds of rats and mice that were confiscated by the Nebraska Humane Society, Thursday.

Mary said, "When they told me they were taking them, I broke down."

After investigating, officials with NHS deemed the garage the rodents were being kept in, unsafe.

Mark Langan, Vice President of Field Operations for NHS, said, "With the high ammonia levels about three and a half times what they should have been, those mice and rats were showing signs of sneezing and eye irritation. Our veterinarians were examining them and said they had to be removed."

Both Kenny and Mary tell WOWT they don't know how high the ammonia levels were because they were never shown. Bottom line, they say, the rodents were being cared for.

Mary said, "If I have unhealthy rats, I have un healthy snakes."

For now, Kenny and Mary are coming to terms with the fact that they may never see their rats again. They said they can't afford the fees they're now, facing, in order to get them back.

The couple tell WOWT that their type of lifestyle has never been easy.

Mary explained, "This is just another bump in our crazy life that we have lead since the day we met."

They say what they're doing is not wrong - that their animals were hi-jacked, not rescued. For that reason, they say they're not backing down easily.

Kenny said, "They knew when they left, they were in for a fight. This isn't the first time we're doing to be in court with the Nebraska Humane Society."

WOWT checked with NHS and has since, learned that the two used to own a pet shop near 97th and Q Streets, that there were several problems there and even a citation issued, as well.

The Nebraska Humane Society rescued roughly 500 mice and rats, Thursday.

Kenny and Mary Evans were cited for unsanitary conditions, animal cruelty and operating a pet store without a license.

NHS deemed conditions inside the home safe enough to allow the Evans to keep the animals they were housing, there - primarily, reptiles.