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Kidnapped woman Jaycee Dugard wants her pets back

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[September 19, 2009]  ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) -- Jaycee Dugard wants her pets back after they were taken from the property where she allegedly was held captive since being kidnapped 18 years ago.

Contra Costa County animal services Lt. Joe DeCosta said Friday that an advocate of Dugard has indicated that she wants her five cats, two dogs, three cockatiels, a pigeon and a mouse back in her possession.

DeCosta said they're working on a possible reunion.

"They have expressed an interest that they want their pets back," DeCosta said. "We are going to do everything we can to help facilitate that."

DeCosta said the animals are good condition, and most have been placed in temporary foster homes until Dugard, 29 and her two daughters can reclaim them.

DeCosta said he did not know how many of the animals are in new homes, and said there's no timetable on when they would be returned to Dugard.

The animals have been in protective custody since they were found Aug. 27 after authorities began searching the Antioch property of Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

The couple have been charged with kidnapping a then-11-year-old Dugard in 1991 and raping her.

Authorities are also dissecting the property for possible clues linking the couple to two other child abductions in Northern California in the 1980s.

[Associated Press; By TERRY COLLINS]

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