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Missouri woman in legal battle to retain three emotional monkeys support



Texana McBride-Tehan may lose animal ownership after a neighbor in Crew Coeur, a suburb of St. Louis, spotted a monkey outside about a month after McBride-Tehan moved, according to a CNN affiliate KMOV.
  Texana McBride-Tech says she has had the emotional support of monkeys for more than 20 years to deal with PTSD.

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.

Animals with emotional support are not considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These types of animals provide comfort while being human, but "because they were not trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA," the organization's website states.

"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.


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