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Monkeys rescued from midstate home in Texas sanctuary

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 13, 2014 4:34 PM
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(Carlisle) -- Two monkeys rescued along with about 50 other wild and domesticated animals from a Cumberland County home last month are now residents of the Lone Star State.

The Japanese macaque, also known as a snow monkey, and the vervet monkey are living at the 186-acre Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas.

Police and animal welfare authorities removed the monkeys from the North Middleton Township home on January 31 along with cats, dogs, an albino groundhog and a de-scented skunk.

Investigators says the macaque was found in a dog kennel in a garage and the vervet was in a 5-by-5-foot cage.

A police officer responding to an unrelated complaint discovered the animals. Police says the house was in deplorable condition and deemed it uninhabitable.

The homeowner has been identified as 59-year-old Sondra Lea McCoy.

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