Authorities remove pet monkey from Phoenix home

September 4, 2014 - 8:04 PM
Monkey Removal

In this photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, authorities Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, remove a small pet capuchin monkey from a Phoenix woman's home after receiving a tip about bad conditions there. Members of the sheriff's animal crimes unit went to the home after getting the tip from a caller. They reported finding extremely poor living conditions and described the unidentified 78-year-old owner as a hoarder. Sheriff's officials say the monkey appeared to be in good shape, but its living conditions were deplorable. It was being taken to a zoological society in Prescott that specializes in housing primates. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Department)

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say they've subdued and removed a small pet monkey from a Phoenix woman's home after receiving a tip about bad conditions there.

Members of the Maricopa County sheriff's animal crimes unit went to the home Thursday morning after getting the tip from a caller. They reported finding extremely poor living conditions and described the unidentified 78-year-old owner as a hoarder.

Sheriff's officials say the monkey appeared to be in good shape, but its living conditions were deplorable, with about 3 feet of trash on the bottom of its cage.

They say they tranquilized the male primate to prepare it for relocation. The monkey was being taken to a zoological society in Prescott that specializes in housing primates.

Capuchin monkeys grow to about 1 to 2 feet long and weigh 3 to 9 pounds.