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.
Posted by C. at 1:15 PM