No monkey business in Newton

After a protracted debate surrounding an animal control ordinance for keeping chickens within the Newton city limits, it became apparent to many that drafting regulations controlling the types of animals or pets Newtonians attempt to keep is a robust task.

During a recent Newton City Commission meeting, animal control officer for the Newton Police Department Jennifer Burns spoke to the commission about the need for an ordinance revision to prevent residents from keeping non-human primates, such as monkeys, as pets.

While this is not an issue yet, Burns told The Kansan keeping monkeys is dangerous and that the police are trying to be proactive. The commission has talked about such an ordinance for years, but has been bogged down with other items.

There has also been a post about an individual selling a monkey on social media as well as a post selling a kangaroo. Burns said neither of those posts originated in Newton, but both posts list Newton as an area those animals could be sold to.

(Read more: Hutch News)