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GODFREY, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois prosecutor says a boy bitten by a pet monkey during a dog event will undergo precautionary rabies vaccinations rather than having the primate euthanized to see if it's infected with the disease.

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons tells The (Alton) Telegraph that the decision involving the 6-year-old boy came after the prosecutor's office consulted with the child's parents.

The monkey named Nina has been in quarantine since it bit the boy June 2 when the child tried to pet the java macaque during a yearly "Bark in the Park" event in Godfrey. 

No charges have been filed, and Gibbons' office is trying to determine who legally owns the monkey.

Dr. David Hall with Madison County's animal-control office says his agency was seeking advice from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

   

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GODFREY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a woman's decision to bring her pet monkey to a dog outing in a park went awry when the primate bit a boy.

 

   Madison County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Dixon says the 6-year-old was treated a hospital for lacerations and bite marks to his arm after Sunday's confrontation in Godfrey, northeast of St. Louis.

 

   Dixon says the monkey's owner brought the java macaque and her dog to the yearly "Bark in the Park" event. Dixon says both animals were on a leash, but the monkey's possessive of the dog. So when a boy tried to pet the dog, the monkey chomped.

 

   Dixon says the woman hasn't been ticketed or charged. But he says the county's animal-control agency is investigating.

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