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Authorities remove pet monkey from Phoenix home

Posted Thursday, Sep. 04, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Authorities say they've subdued and removed a small pet monkey from a Phoenix woman's home after receiving a tip about bad conditions there.

Members of the Maricopa County sheriff's animal crimes unit went to the home Thursday morning after getting the tip from a caller. They reported finding extremely poor living conditions and described the unidentified 78-year-old owner as a hoarder.

Sheriff's officials say the monkey appeared to be in good shape, but its living conditions were deplorable, with about 3 feet of trash on the bottom of its cage.

They say they tranquilized the male primate to prepare it for relocation. The monkey was being taken to a zoological society in Prescott that specializes in housing primates.

Capuchin monkeys grow to about 1 to 2 feet long and weigh 3 to 9 pounds.

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