Rialto animal control officers are not kidding: After officers made a home visit on Thursday, “Junior”, a 4-year-old capuchin monkey, is on his way to an animal sanctuary.
The Rialto Police Department received a call on Thursday, December 9 regarding two noisy macaw parrots, along with advice that the owners were keeping a monkey in the house.
Animal Control Officer Wendy Ramirez answered the call and confirmed that a monkey was kept on the property, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. She also confirmed that the owners did not have a license to keep an exotic animal.
The monkey was then handed over to animal control.
Junior is a black-headed capuchin monkey. On Thursday afternoon, he was en route to a Phelan-based animal sanctuary, which is approved by the State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife to care for these animals, according to Riverside County Animal Services.
The town of Rialto has its own animal control officers, but contracts with Riverside County for accommodation services.