Animal Control Seizes Woman’s Monkey

Armani's RoomA Maryland woman is missing her “baby”. Her “baby” is a capuchin monkey named Armani. Armani wore Huggies diapers, infant clothes, drank out of a baby bottle, and even had his own $4,000 specialized room with tire swings, toys and a hammock.

Now, Armani has been taken away from his home by Animal Control officers because they suspect that Armani may be illegal according to Maryland’s wild animal law. The law “forbids anyone from importing, selling, breeding or having a ‘nonhuman primate,’ including monkeys”. The only exception to this law is animals that were owned before May 31, 2006 are grandfathered in.

Armani’s owner said that Armani was born on May 9 and that she bought him shortly after, so she says he is not illegal. Animal Control says that they have documentation stating that Armani wasn’t even born until December 2006. Armani is being boarded at a Maryland zoo (his mother is footing the $1,344 bill) until the situation is finalized.

7 Responses to “Animal Control Seizes Woman’s Monkey”

  1. Bambi'sMom says:

    Oh, that poor woman! She must be so heartbroken. It must feel like they took her child away. :( It sounds like she took very good care of him and he was probably better off with her than anywhere else, including a test facility. I hope she gets him back, for he too must be confused and sad. Sometimes the laws don’t make much sense, even though those enforcing them may think they are doing the right thing. It’s a tough situation for everyone, especially the mom. Sending hugs and best wishes to her.

  2. Carol Lauster says:

    I saw this story on CNN, and it bothered me all day. I feel so bad for this lady and her little monkey. The absolute cruelty of the people who took the monkey from his home is very disturbing. I just hope the citizens of her town stand up for her and fight this injustice.

  3. Chris says:

    I know, when I saw this story it REALLY upset me. I don’t know what I’d do if I were in her situation, other than contact PETA and maybe have them step in.

    I mean if she purchased Armani prior to this law taking affect and has abided with all exemptions, then why is her pet still being held captive? Not only is this woman heartbroken, but the affects of whats going on, have got to be playing havoc on this poor primate. In his mind, he’s been taken away from his mommy and is being punished, and he doesn’t even know why.

    I’m in WA. State and only wished I lived closer to help her.

    My heart goes out to you :o(

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  5. Kim says:

    I think it’s disgusting that they will spend thier time and our tax dollars removing a perfectly happy and well kept pet from everything it knows and loves when they could be spending thier time on things much more urgent like puppy mills and the countless numbers of animals who are neglected and abused every day.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you to have your baby back home soon.

  6. Dee says:

    Would you all feel the same if she’d been keeping a tiger or venomous snake (or something else that would be a public danger if it got loose) if she were doing so in violation of laws and regulations that were put in place to help ensure the safety of the general public (as well as the safety of the animal itself)????

    “Pet” monkeys (no matter how well cared-for) present just as much danger to the public if (usually WHEN) they escape. Simian diseases are often transmissible to humans (even being fatal in humans while only being carrier-status in the monkeys themselves), and have even been proven to be the source of some human diseases after mutation of previously simian-specific viruses. The general public isn’t protected from them. How many of YOU are routinely vaccinated against simian viruses? Ask any zoo or research-facility DVM how many extra vaccinations they are required to take before even setting foot in areas that place them in close proximity to nonhuman primates.

    If she was within the law, all she had to do was produce the proper documentation (which she is REQUIRED to be able to produce upon demand.) If she didn’t have that, she had no business breaking the law in the first place, ultimately causing harm to her “baby” by setting it up for the psychological trauma of separation, no matter how “good” of a life she provided for it otherwise.

    Do any of you even think through things before making emotional knee-jerk reaction statements? Some of your comments are akin to feeling sorry for someone who kidnaps a human infant and raises it as their own, even providing a great life for it, when they are then later discovered and the child is returned to its rightful parents.

  7. Skyler says:

    This is SAD. I mean, if she had all the documents and stuff, why did they take her “baby” away? That’s mean. The monkey is probably sad and confused while the woman is probably heartbroken.

    although, if it WAS a danger to public (which i doubt) then they MIGHT have a right to take it away.

    i mean, what if YOU were removed from the home you grew up in and away from those who raised you? exactly.


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