Long Island Resident Illegally Kept Monkey at Home: SPCA

The monkey was being taken to a licensed facility

Authorities on Saturday seized a Capuchin monkey that was illegally kept in a Long Island home.

Agents from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Suffolk County SPCA removed the monkey from a home in Brentwood after receiving a complaint about the primate on Friday, said SPCA Chief Roy Gross.

A permit is required for ownership of primates, according to the DEC.

The monkey's owner, who hasn't been identified by authorities, was charged with failing to have a permit, Gross said.

"These primates can transmit infectious diseases and can inflict serious injury," he said.

The monkey was being taken to a licensed facility.

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