WOMAN FIGHTING TO KEEP HER THREE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT MONKEYS

 

A Missouri woman with post-traumatic stress disorder is in a feud with her neighbors and her city (Creve Coeur) who say three emotional support monkeys living with her pose a safety risk to local residents. Texanne McBride-Teahan has trained and lived with monkeys for roughly 20 years. She says they haven’t been a problem for those around her until she moved a month ago when one of the neighbors noticed a monkey outside and called the city office over fears about the primate attacking people in the neighborhood.

… The monkeys are registered as emotional support animals for McBride-Teahan, who she says assist her in dealing with PTSD. She was given a doctor’s note detailing her need for the monkeys. Her city in Missouri classifies monkeys as an “inherently dangerous animal” which puts them the same group as lions and alligators. That classification means primates aren’t given the same luxury as common house pets such as cats or dogs and they can’t stay in residential areas.

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