Monkey that bit worker euthanized

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VERMILION -- A spider monkey that bit the employee of a northeast Ohio car dealership was found not to be rabid in tests performed after the animal was euthanized.

The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports the animal was taken from a quarantine site late Friday by representatives of the Erie County Sheriff and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It was euthanized shortly after midnight, in order to allow for rabies tests.

Tests performed Saturday found no signs of the disease. The newspaper reports the incident sparked outrage among defenders of primates.

The monkey's 20-year-old owner, Jacob Ruehlman of Vermilion, had brought the monkey Tuesday to Pat O'Brien Chevrolet. Police reported the monkey, named Brodi, bit an employee who reached through a window to pet it.

Ruehlman lacked a required state exotic-animal permit.

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Information from: The Chronicle-Telegram, http://www.chronicletelegram.com

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