Alton woman charged for illegally owning monkey that bit 6-year-old

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KGVI) – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons has filed 3 misdemeanor charges against Alton resident Kendra D. Hougland for illegally owning a Javanese’s Macaque monkey, which is unlawful under the Illinois “Dangerous Animal Act.”

The charges stem from an incident that occurred June 2, 2013, when Hougland was at public event, where her monkey Nina bit a 6-year-old boy.

The monkey was placed in the custody of the Madison County Animal Control, who then awarded temporary custody of the animal to a local woman who had better facilities to care for the monkey.

Unbeknownst to Madison County officials, the monkey was transported out the state to Indiana, by the temporary guardian. Forcing officials to get an order of return from the court, after finding out the monkey was no longer in Illinois.

A judge granted the order and the St. Louis Zoo was enlisted to take custody of the primate and transported Nina to a rescue center in Kentucky, where she will remain.

Hougland is facing up to 30 days in jail, possible fines, cost of care for Nina by the county and restitution for the medical cost incurred the family of the 6-year-old boy bitten by the monkey.