BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico couple is facing charges for illegally importing exotic animals, including a mountain lion and kangaroo, for film productions.
Kip and Chelsey Lewis are facing multiple charges of unlawful importation of a nondomestic live animal after New Mexico Department of Game and Fish agents raided their home in December 2018. They were charged last year.
According to court documents, Chelsey Lewis altered documents for the animals, and Kip Lewis lied about the locations of the animals. Both are listed as owners of the A to Z Film Animals company.
Agents found in the couple’s possession a capuchin monkey, a coyote, a prairie dog, a skunk, an American alligator, a raccoon, and a kangaroo, a criminal complaint said.
Their attorney, Jason Alarid, did not immediately return a message.