Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pet Monkey Being Monitored After Biting Incident

(WYTV) A pet monkey accused of biting a clerk at Pet Supplies Plus store in Niles last week is in quarantine at its home and being monitored by city health officials.

Warren Deputy Health Commissioner Bob Pinti said the animal must remain in quarantine for 25 days and cannot leave the home unless it's to a licensed veterinarian.
Pinti said the clerk had to undergo treatment, and health officials want to make sure the monkey has no serious diseases.

"Very unusual," said Pinti. "As I say, it is the first time we have come across something like this. I don't know if any other health district that encountered any action like this, and I am sure there will be some precautions put in place so this never happens again."

Warren Law Director Greg Hicks said right now monkeys are not prohibited from being kept in the city. He said he is talking with state Rep. Sean O'Brien about looking at possible restrictions on housing monkeys as pets.

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