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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.


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  • Gini

    As rare as these incidents are, this will be blown way out of proportion by the animal rights activists and result in many RESPONSIBLE exotic animal owners being penalized with stiffer laws and restrictions. It is unfortunate that one irresponsible, negligent owner can ruin it for so many responsible owners you never hear about.

  • Guest2020

    If the other comments are true, then this animal died because of its owner’s actions. She should have maintained him in a controlled environment instead of letting him be in the position to hurt the neighbor. If one of my pets bit either of my children, they would no longer be in my possession, especially if my kids got infected because of the bite. Not only is this woman an irresponsible pet owner, she seems to be an irresponsible parent. I am sorry, but my children and fellow human beings come before any animal.

    Also, this animal had already been given a second chance and even a third. How many times would he have been allowed to bite someone before he had enough chances?

  • Das Weibstück

    By the looks of this woman and her home how would she be able to afford to take an exotic animal to the vet? Poor animal died because of her stupidity. Not right, she should be ashamed.

  • Guest349274897

    No policy. No Regulations. No Warrant.

    Sounds Like a lawsuit coming….

  • Das Weibstück

    “Nearly all pet and captive macaques are carriers of the herpes B virus. This virus is harmless to macaques, but infections of humans are potentially fatal, a risk that makes macaques unsuitable as pets. A 2005 University of Toronto study showed that urban performing macaques also carried simian foamy virus, suggesting they could be involved in the species-to-species jump of similar retroviruses to humans.”

    These animals should not be someones “pet”. They belong in the wild or in a zoo where they are properly handled.

    This monkey should have been offered to a zoo before it was killed. Sad.

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