Monkey seized after biting pizza patron’s arm

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A monkey is perched on the shoulder of a state Fish & Game warden. — COURTESY RIVERSIDE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES

A monkey is perched on the shoulder of a state Fish & Game warden. — COURTESY RIVERSIDE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES

BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) – Authorities in Southern California have seized a woman’s pet monkeys after one bit a customer at a pizza parlor.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1v8VOjF ) says Wendelin Ringel turned over the capuchin monkey on Tuesday for a six-month quarantine to ensure it doesn’t have rabies. Two other monkeys were impounded until Ringel shows she has permits for them.

Authorities say Ringel took the monkeys to a pizzeria in Cherry Valley on Sunday.

Tricia Moreno told the Press-Enterprise that she and her three children were there. Moreno says she went outside to make a phone call and encountered Ringel holding the monkeys.

Moreno says one monkey escaped and ran under a parked car. When she caught and returned it, Moreno says it bit her arm.

She needed stiches and will get rabies shots.

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