April 20th, 2009 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Monkey Bite: Salem Attack Under Investigation (Updated)


As the state Legislature moves to outlaw exotic pets, the past weekend brought a reminder of why some lawmakers say a ban is necessary.

AP is reporting that police are seeking a man and his pet monkey, after the monkey bit a 6-year-old girl at Salem's Riverfront Park.

Salem police have not yet responded to a phone call from WW seeking an update on the case. If they have a name for the owner, we'll look up whether he has a required license from the state Department of Agriculture to keep the offending monkey.

In the meantime, we know what U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) would say.

UPDATE: Salem Police Lt. Jim Anglemier called to say cops have several leads pointing to the suspected monkey owner, but they have not yet made contact with the man and are not releasing any names at this time.
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