Creve Coeur residents unhappy with neighbor who has 3 'emotional support' monkeys

Neighbors on an upper-class cul de sac in Creve Coeur are concerned about the lady down the street with three monkeys.

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September 13, 2019 - 4:00 pm

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CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KFTK) - Some neighbors in Creve Coeur are worried about the lady down the street with three monkeys in her home. Carolyn Schurman lives on Mosley Lane, next door to the property, and she's worried about the possibility the monkeys might bite one of her four children.

"I can't say that I smell anything, I can't say that I hear anything," Schurman tells our partner station KMOX. "What I can say is I see monkeys that are untethered and playing on cars and playing in the driveway and I have four children and that is unacceptable."

She's also worried about if monkeys are properly vaccinated.

The owner of the monkeys is Texanne McBride-Teahan. She told the Creve Coeur City Council this week that she needs the monkeys for emotional support. 

She declined to speak with reporters until she can talk with her attorney. 

Schurman isn't the only one with worries, another neighbor Jim Hentschell says the monkeys might bite somebody or somebody's pet, and he believes there's a good chance one of the species of monkeys on the property is prone to carry  Hepatitis B. 

KMOX asked Hentschell if he believes they are truly emotional support animals. He replied, "Yeah right, I was going to get my wife an emotional support python." 

Another neighbor, Greg Grettle, said he "has had no problems" with the monkeys and tries to be "tolerant" of his neighbors.

Creve Coeur Police have issued a citation to the owner, saying the monkeys are in violation of a city ordinance.

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