Animal activists and concerned residents are rejoicing that the Clark Country Commission denied the license for the Southwest Las Vegas chimps to remain in a residential neighborhood.
Mike Casey, the owners of the Chimps, claims he is an experienced animal handler. He makes his living off the chimps and reportedly keeps them locked up in an RV in the backyard of a home located at Robindale Rd and Decatur Blvd.
Some neighbor were scared if the chimps got loose that they could seriously harm people in the residential neighborhood.
Casey was not even licensed to house chimps at the property.
Casey initially met with animal activists, but has since ceased talking with them. Casey has had issues in the past, with his chimps getting loose, in another state and one his chimps, Harold, was the one that mauled Charla Nash, ripping her face off.
Las Vegas has also had a number of high profile chimps getting loose from their enclosure so residents are concerned.
In addition to the potential of people getting harmed if the chimps got loose, there are concerns as to how the chimps were being treated. They live in an RV in cages in the backyard of the home and there were reports that Casey would bang on the cages to silence them and, overall, not treat them very well.
Fortunately the Clark County Commission listened to concerns on both sides, and ultimately denied the license for Mike Casey to keep the Southwest Las Vegas chimps cooped up in what appears to be, inhumane conditions, in cages in an RV in a backyard.
Casey has 30 days to remove the chimps.
He is looking for another location and the sad fact is that if residents continue to hire him to bring his chimps to birthday parties and such, he will continue his business somewhere.