Godfrey, IL (KMOV.com) -- Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor charges against an Alton, Illinois woman after a monkey she was keeping bit a child.
Authorities have determined that Kendra Hougland of Alton was in violation of the Dangerous Animals Act when she brought Nina, a female Macaque monkey, to the Bark in the Park event at Glazebrook Community Park in Godfrey last June.
Authorities said Nina and Hougland’s dog were both on leashes at the time of the incident. Hougland told police that the monkey is possessive of the dog, so when a boy tried to pet the dog, the monkey chomped.
The 6-year-old was treated at the hospital for lacerations and bite marks to his arm.
Hougland has been charged her with three counts of Unlawful Possession of a Primate, a Class C Misdemeanor. She could face fines, probation and up to 30 days in jail. Prosecutors say it is their intention to force Hougland to pay the victim’s medical bills.
Following the attack, Madison County Animal Control took possession of Nina, but handed her off to a temporary guardian because they are not set up to keep monkeys.
Authorities say that temporary guardian then transported Nina to Indiana without telling authorities sparking a custody battle over Nina. The county eventually won out, retrieved Nina and handed her over to the St. Louis Zoo who then sent her to a rescue shelter in Kentucky where she will remain.