Washington moves two monkeys confiscated from home to sanctuary

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Two capuchin monkeys confiscated from a home in Pasco have been moved to a sanctuary in an undisclosed location.

The Tri-City Herald reports that the monkeys, both male, were removed Feb. 14 by Tri-Cities Animal Shelter officials. They were quarantined at a shelter and have now been moved to a sanctuary while authorities determine whether they were owned legally.

A Washington state law passed in 2007 prohibits citizens from owning potentially dangerous wild animals, although anyone who owned an animal on the banned list before July 2007 is allowed to legally own it until it dies.

Owner Monica Bachmann says she purchased the monkeys from breeders, one in 2006 and the other a little over two years ago.

Bachmann says she and her husband bought the monkeys because they couldn’t have children.