Thursday, June 30, 2011

Malnourished Monkeys Removed From Lansing Home

Two monkeys have been seized from a home in south suburban Lansing, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office, found stuffed in cages, "covered in excrement and cigarette butts."

46-year-old Rachel Birkenfeld is charged with possession of a dangerous animal and neglect of owner's duties, although the monkeys in question were found not at her residence but at her mother's home. She allegedly told authorities they were kept at her mother's home because there was more space.

The sheriff's office says one "undernourished" female monkey was kept in a small wire dog cage and a male monkey was kept in a metal cage designed for birds. Five dogs were also recovered, according to the office, "The dogs were also being kept in small filthy cages. None of the animals had food or water."

Full story here.

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