Louisiana monkey owner fights to get her pet back from state
CHURCH POINT - A Louisiana woman is fighting to get her pet monkey back after it was seized.
KATC-TV reports Justine Quinn of Church Point is presenting her case in court Friday to have the spider monkey, named Darwin, returned to her.
A 2006 state law bans residents from owning exotic animals without special permit, but Quinn says her family has had Darwin for over 13 years and is grandfathered in.
Darwin was previously seized in 2014 by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and sent to a petting zoo.
After a months-long legal battle, Darwin was returned to Quinn, who said he had injuries to his fingers. It's unclear why the state seized the monkey a second time.
The state agency didn't provide comment to KATC-TV.