Dez Bryant’s pet monkey is no longer in DeSoto, so the city can’t act on a request to seize it, Bryant’s lawyer, Kenneth Broughton, told police Monday afternoon.
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, made the request after the Dallas Cowboys player posed with the tiny capuchin monkey in a photo posted on Instagram Oct. 21. PETA wanted something done about Bryant’s “possible illegal” possession of the monkey.
Once it was established that the monkey, which Bryant had named “Dallas,” was no longer in town, DeSoto police said they were done.
“We don’t expect to have any further updates on this matter,” Cpl. Nick Bristow said in a statement Monday afternoon.
PETA had requested last week in a letter that DeSoto Animal Control investigate.
The photo depicted Bryant holding the monkey with the caption, “My new best friend....Dallas Bryant world #throwupthex.”
PETA said Monday that it urged DeSoto to make sure the monkey “is transferred to an accredited sanctuary that’s equipped to meet his unique needs.”
“Monkeys belong in the wild — not in the hands of football players who acquire exotic animals just to make a splash on Instagram,” Brittany Peet, PETA Foundation deputy director of captive animal law enforcement, said in a statement. “This baby capuchin was torn away from his mother shortly after birth and needs special care that can now only be provided by wildlife experts who will be able to ensure that he gets the love and attention he deserves.”
PETA’s statement said the possession of monkeys in DeSoto is prohibited without a special-use permit, “which private individuals like Bryant are not eligible for.”
DeSoto city code says special-use permits for wild animals are made available only to zoos, governmental entities, schools and retail pet distributors.
Peet said PETA was in contact with the city of DeSoto, Bryant’s attorneys and the Dallas Cowboys about the monkey. The city, according to Peet, had acknowledged that if Bryant did own the monkey it would have to be seized.
But city officials only had the social media post as evidence.
“This does not rise to the level of probable cause necessary to secure an administrative search warrant to seize the monkey,” Bristow said.
Bryant, who returned from a foot injury in Sunday’s Cowboys game against the Seahawks, will be available for comment during the team’s regularly scheduled media availability Tuesday.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7684