Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Woman Fights County Over Pet Monkey

pet monkeyA Rockville women is distraught after authorities seized her pet monkey.

Elyse Gazewitz treated Armani like any other baby. She fed him from a bottle, wheeled him around in a stroller and diapered him. She even built a $4,000 addition on her house for the 4-pound capuchin monkey and outfitted it with tire swings, toys and a small hammock.

But Montgomery County animal control officials said Armani is an illegal resident under Maryland law. They seized him last week.

A new state law forbids anyone from importing, selling, breeding or having a "non-human primate," including monkeys. The law made an exception for animals that were owned before May 31, 2006, but officials said Armani wasn't even born until December.

Gazewitz said officials are wrong, and she's fighting to get her monkey back. She said she can prove Armani was born and purchased in May of last year.


Story here.

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1 comment:

Jonny the Monkey said...

Jagshemash!

I be Jonny the Monkey, #1 most famous celebrity in all Kazakhstan! Good friend Borat - who list Jonny as favorite televisions star on his Myspaces page - still only #4 most famous, even after great success of movie film...

Jonny also be a Capuchin monkey, so be very sad to hear about poor Armani taken away by polices.

If he considered "an illegal resident under Maryland law", then Jonny thought U.S. and A. had amnesty for illegal immigrants? If so, that be discriminations against monkey...

Although if worst cases scenario he be sent back to Mexico - Armani can spend days smoke cigar, ride donkey, and drink tequila! But would have to get rid of diapers so can more easy throw poop to defend if attacked by banditos.

Chenquieh!

NOTE: This comment was 'hand signed' by Jonny the Monkey to his gypsy assistant Batyr, who then translated and typed those words here.