Toronto animal services had no authority to detain the Ikea monkey: trial hears

OSHAWA, Ont. - A Toronto animal services supervisor says they had no authority under a city bylaw to detain Darwin the Ikea monkey.

Carl Bandow is testifying at the trial for a lawsuit launched by Yasmin Nakhuda, who is trying to get the monkey back after he was found wandering an Ikea parking lot.

She is suing Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, where Toronto animal services sent Darwin after seizing him, for recovery of personal property.

She says that when she signed a surrender form at animal services that day she didn't know she was permanently transferring ownership of Darwin.

Bandow says there's no authority under the bylaw for animal services to have detained the monkey after its owner showed up to claim it.

He says he asked the officer who was dealing directly with Nakhuda that day to see if she would voluntarily surrender the monkey.