Chimp owner one step closer to keeping his pets for good
Where exotic animals can be kept here in our valley has become a topic of controversy the last few months ever since two chimps escaped their cages, running into a neighborhood and forcing police to shoot and kill one of them.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Where exotic animals can be kept here in our valley has become a topic of controversy the last few months since two chimps escaped their cages, running into a neighborhood, and forcing police to shoot and kill one of them.
Recently, Action News told you about another exotic animal owner, Mike Casey, who wants to keep four chimps and a capuchin monkey behind this home. He is currently in the process of applying for a zoning permit. On Wednesday, he went before the enterprise town advisory board and made his case. He told the board the animals are sweet and loving, and a few neighbors even showed up to speak up for the animal owner.
Members voted to approve a recommendation that he get that zoning permit, but they also acknowledged getting hundreds of phone calls and emails from people who oppose the animals kept in the middle of a neighborhood.
"I saw a show. Mr. Casey is pretty articulate and he's quite a salesman, and had I not had the experience and knowledge I have, I would have thought well, geez, this guy isn't so bad. But that really wasn't the issue," Linda Faso, animal rights activist.
Citing public safety, animal rights activists, including the Humane Society of the United States, hope Clark County Commissioners will deny the permit to Casey. They plan on inundating their offices with phone calls, letters, and emails.
The next step is for the matter to appear before commissioners on Nov. 21 where a decision may be made.