San Antonio

Owner Agrees to Surrender ‘Service Monkey' to San Antonio Shelter

A Animal Care Services spokeswoman says a San Antonio man has agreed to surrender a monkey he said was his service animal after it bit a bank employee in January.

Spokeswoman Lisa Norwood says Louie the juvenile macaque monkey is now living at Primarily Primates, a San Antonio rescue center for primates and other exotic animals.

The man, whose name wasn't released, had said that Louie should be allowed entrance anywhere like other service animals, such as guide dogs.

But the San Antonio Express-News reports the American with Disabilities Act doesn't recognize primates as service animals. Norwood also says it's against the law to have a monkey within the city limits of San Antonio.

The man was cited for a Class B misdemeanor. Norwood says the investigation continues.

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