Seized Monkey Returned To Owner

ArmaniArmani, 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 “forbids anyone from importing, selling, breeding or having a ‘nonhuman primate,’ including monkeys”. 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.

Source: WJLA

(Thanks Debbie)

6 Responses to “Seized Monkey Returned To Owner”

  1. NH says:

    I remember this story. It broke my heart. The woman clearly loves her pet monkey.

    I’m glad for the happy ending. It will be a Merry Christmas for this woman and her pet afterall.

  2. Tammy says:

    I’m glad she got the monkey back I know her heart was broken. I’m glad that someone finally did the right thing for a change. I’m sure the monkey was lost also without her also.

  3. Michelle says:

    After reading this story and checking out the news story on abc channel 7 news, I’m very glad that Gazewitz got Armani back. This story is a reminder that love comes in all shapes and sizes- whether it be for a human, a dog, a cat, or a pet monkey. I’m so happy to see that after all her hard work and effort, she finally got Armani back.

  4. Stefani says:

    I am happy that this turned out this way, but it is also a good lesson that if you are going to be getting an exotic pet, you had better be able to prove that you are in compliance with local laws. Failure to do so may endanger your pets life.

    All is well that ends well.


  5. The Lioness says:

    Agree with Stefani.

    I’m also glad she got Armani back. I have to tell you: If I’m remembering correctly, the local papers really painted her to be a weirdo, and I thought that was comletely unfair.

    I’m glad she is also being reimbursed for her expenses.

    ~The Lioness

  6. PetRescue says:

    Thrilled that Armani is back home..

    As an FYI to Armani’s owner Capuchin’s have long since been known to be trained as Assistance Animal’s..

    These little guy’s are extremely smart and can be taught/trained to pick up thing’s, alert people etc..

    So perhaps Armani’s caregiver would like to enroll Armani in a pet assistance program and have him certified as an Assistance Animal and that would end future issues about where he can live..

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