Armani, an exotic pet monkey, is finally back home with his owner, Elyse Gazewitz.
Animal control officers seized Armani away from Gazewitz in May because they said that Armani was illegal according to Maryland’s wild animal law. The law â€œforbids anyone from importing, selling, breeding or having a â€˜nonhuman primate,â€™ including monkeysâ€. But Gazewitz said that Armani was born on May 9 and was bought shortly after and should be grandfathered in.
On Monday, a Montgomery County judge overruled the county animal board’s decision to seize Armani. The judge said the board should not have heard the case while Gazewitz was facing criminal charges for having Armani. The state dropped the charge, which the judge said should have released Armani from Animal Control.
The judge also ordered authorities to reimburse thousands of dollars Gazewitz paid to a zoo to house Armani while the case was ongoing.