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Animal Owner is One Step Closer to Legally Housing Chimps

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LAS VEGAS -- An exotic animal owner is one step closer to legally housing four chimps in the backyard of a Las Vegas home, but the battle over the animals is far from over.

Exotic animal owner Mike Casey reviewed pictures of chimps and made his case to the Enterprise Town Advisory Board to get a special permit to keep his animals.

"If he was in my arms he would reach out and want to come into yours to love you, he's just the sweetest," Casey said.

The board questioned Casey about his less-than-stellar review by Clark County Animal Control.

Officers said a visit to Casey's home on Robindale Road earlier this year raised serious concerns.

"It doesn't meet the animal welfare act standards for housing chimpanzees, so he did find the conditions were not as sanitary as he would like them to be as well," an animal control official said.

Casey raised his own concerns as well regarding the future of his chimps. He said he thought he was doing everything by the book despite not having a business license.

Animal rights activists said the decision to move forward with the permit is a big mistake.

"These chimps do not belong in that neighborhood and if he is ever going to build them a bigger place, that would be great, unfortunately he still puts them in the converted motor home," animal activist Linda Faso said.

The issue now goes before the Clark County Commission for their approval when they meet November 21st.

Neighbors of Casey spoke out at the meeting tonight and they said he's been an excellent neighbor with no problems.

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