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Missouri sanctuary owner wins damages in monkey theft

Friday, June 8, 2012 | 11:12 a.m. CDT; updated 3:26 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 8, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A Jackson County jury awarded damages to the owner of a northwest Missouri animal sanctuary after three monkeys were taken from the preserve.

Two of the monkeys have been returned to the Monkey Island Rescue and Zoological Sanctuary in Greenwood since they were taken in October 2007. The other monkey remains missing.

A Jackson County jury on Thursday awarded $58,000 for emotional distress to Dana Savorelli, the sanctuary owner.

The Kansas City Star reported that the jury found against Catherine Montes, a former sanctuary volunteer; Lisa Shinkle, on whose land the monkeys were found, and Skinkle's son.

Montes had contended that she owned one of the monkeys.


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