Monday, June 27, 2005

Blaine Woman Devastated By Pet Monkey Confiscation


His owner says he's a pet, but the City of Minneapolis says he's a pest.

Tracy Quinn of Blaine, Minn. left the family's pet Capuchin monkey, Muki, with a pet-sitter in Minneapolis while her family went on vacation.

Muki is properly registered with federal and state authorities, Quinn said, but she didn't realize she needed a special permit in order to bring him within Minneapolis city limits.

Quinn just learned that the hard way.

The pet-sitter brought Muki to a park on Friday, where he interacted with some kids and gave one a kiss.

Someone reported the incident to Minneapolis Animal Control, and Muki was confiscated and taken to a shelter in North Minneapolis.

"I don't know why they took him," Quinn said tearfully Saturday. "I take him everywhere I go. He goes in stores, anywhere, as long as he's leashed and contained."

However, it's unlawful to bring an exotic animal into Minneapolis without first clearing it with Animal Control.

Story here.

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