Monkey "impounded" for biting woman outside pizza parlor

The capuchin pet monkey that allegedly bit a customer outside a Cherry Valley, Calif. pizza parlor

CBS Los Angeles

CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. - Authorities in Southern California have seized a woman's pet monkeys after one bit a customer at a pizza parlor.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Wendelin Ringel turned over the capuchin monkey on Tuesday for a six-month quarantine to ensure it doesn't have rabies. Two other monkeys were impounded until Ringel shows she has permits for them.


Authorities say Ringel took the monkeys to a pizzeria in Cherry Valley on Sunday.

Tricia Moreno told the Press-Enterprise that she and her three children were there. Moreno says she went outside to make a phone call and encountered Ringel holding the monkeys.

Moreno says when one monkey escaped and ran under a parked car, she caught up with it. She says that's when the animal bit her arm.

"He just grabbed her and went [chomp] like you would if you saw a really good burrito," Moreno's daughter told CBS Los Angeles.

Moreno said she believes the monkey was likely trying to protect its owner.

She needed stitches and will get rabies shots.