Though the board's final decision was unanimous, its decision on the condition narrowly passed with a 3-2 vote.

Frisky's testified that they would accept a condition of approval that they not take in any new monkeys, and all five of the members agreed it was a good idea. They differed on whether or not to allow Frisky's to take in monkeys on a temporary basis.

"When it comes to the primates and the exotics, I think the community is concerned with the health aspects of it," board member John Lederer said. "If you have a new primate that comes in, and there's no (health) history on it … I'm a little concerned about any new primates coming in a temporary basis and coming loose."

Board member Henry Eigles also opposed the condition because it allowed for temporary housing of additional monkeys.


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"Bringing in other animals, I think is just increasing the risk of escape," he said.

In response, board chairman James Walsh said: "Life involves an amount of risk that you can't avoid."

Given the evidence that a primate has never escaped from Frisky's, Walsh said he believes it's a reasonable risk to allow the sanctuary to temporarily take in additional monkeys. But Eigles disagreed.

"There are children in the area," he said. "They are animals that everybody agrees do pose a danger."

Board member James Howard said if a primate were brought to Frisky's, the sanctuary would need at least a little time to make arrangements for where else it could go.

"You just don't Fed Ex it," he said, suggesting the board could define temporary.

Still, Eigles and Lederer objected.

"As far as I'm concerned it's a problem whether it's 10 minutes or 10 days," Lederer said. "If someone's bringing a troubled monkey there, they're not giving it away because it's a baby doll, they're giving it away because it's a troubled monkey."