Monkeys are considered a "inherently dangerous animal" along with alligators, lions and pythons and are thus banned in residential areas, according to the town of Crewe Kerr.
McBride-Tehan defends his apes – with a black capuchin cap named Paula, a patas named Zoey, and a macaque bonnet named Kali Anna – at a September 9th town council meeting.
McBride-Tehan considers monkeys emotional support for animals and has a letter from a doctor and registration cards for them, she told CNN via Facebook. The animals help her cope with the post-traumatic stress disorder associated with the incident when she was a teenager, McBride-Tehan added.
"However, some states or local governments have laws that allow people to take emotionally supportive animals to public places," the ADA adds.
McBride-Tech is scheduled to appear in court over his monkeys in November, the CMOV added.
"Monkeys are small. Fewer than 9 pounds. The photos show that they are not dangerous. To me, they are life-savers for my PTSD. We just want to live in peace," McBride-Tehan told CNN.