PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Pender County woman says her pet monkey was killed in cold blood and didn't need to die.
Pender County Animal Control euthanized the monkey after it bit a woman. Now, its owner is searching for answers.
"It was like my child being killed," said Nancy Browning.
Browning's Macaque monkey, Elvis, was like a son to her. Now that he's gone she doesn't know what to do. Browning says Pender County Animal Control euthanized Elvis after a neighbor said it bit her. The memory of officers taking him from her home is almost unbearable.
"It was like the SWAT team was over here. They blocked off the road. They brought in 4 or 5 animal control trucks and I don't know how many cops and they got me away from the house," recalled Browning. "Gave me no paperwork. They went in and then darted him."
Browning says Elvis should have been given a fair chance and been relocated rather than killed. She's not even sure which one of her pets bit her neighbor and thinks it could have been her dog.
Animal control did not want to talk on camera, but officers say this was not the first time Elvis bit someone.
Monkeys are handled in a different way than domestic animals because of the diseases they could carry and transmit to humans.
After the county contacted the state vet, officers were told to euthanize the monkey so it could be tested for rabies.
Officers say after that testing, they do not believe the monkey had rabies.
So far, there are no regulations on exotic animals in Pender County.
Animal Control officers say they are working to put rules in place so that they are aware of exotic animals in the county.