Rescuers Take 7 Monkeys From Woman's Home
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MILTON, N.Y. - Investigators rescued 39 exotic animals, including seven monkeys, a rat and four tortoises that were living inside a woman's two-story home here.
Police discovered the animals and an overwhelming stench Wednesday when they executed a search warrant at Linda Castle's home in Milton, about 80 miles north of New York City.
Some animals were caged, and others were loose. Animals were segregated according to species, the Times Herald-Record of Middletown reported. The monkeys were in one room, dogs filled another and turtles had their own room, too.
Castle, who has some experience caring for animals, told police she was trying to protect the pets.
However, a veterinarian told the newspaper some animals needed medical care because they appeared neglected.
The monkeys were taken to an animal rescue operation. The rest were sent to animal shelters.
Police said no charges have been filed against Castle, who was hospitalized a day before the pets were removed. Authorities didn't disclose the reason for the hospitalization.