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Sanctuary May Take More Southern Nevada Chimps
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Sanctuary May Take More Southern Nevada Chimps

The chimpanzee sanctuary that took a chimp that got loose in a northwest neighborhood may be taking the chimps that were once housed in neighborhood in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

Chimps Inc. said it is in talks with Mike Casey, the owner of the chimps. The talks come after the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission denied Casey a wild animal permit to keep the four animals in Pahrump.

Casey had applied for the permit after the Clark County Commission denied his request for a permit to keep his chimps at his southwest home.

He was keeping them in a trailer in his backyard, while they were booked for commercials and birthday parties. Animal welfare activists said he had no safeguards in place, if the animals became violent. They also alleged he mistreated his animals.

The county became concerned after the incident in the northwest, when two chimps escaped. Police had to shoot one of them. The other was taken to Chimps Inc. in Oregon.

Earlier this week, Casey posted an advertisement trying to sell three of the animals.

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