Chimp shot after trying to pull Mo. deputy from car

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WINSTON, Mo. — A chimpanzee was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy when the animal opened the door to the deputy’s patrol car, grabbed his leg and tried to hit him, the Daviess County sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

It happened Monday outside Winston, about 60 miles north of Kansas City. Deputies were called to help corral the 9-year-old male chimp named Timmy about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Authorities then searched the home where the chimp lived and allegedly found 200 dogs and three monkeys. But when the Humane Society of Missouri arrived, only 15 dogs and two cats were found, the group said.

A $3,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the recovery of the missing animals, and anyone with information is asked to call Missouri’s animal abuse hot line at 314-647-4400.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has found the three other primates, the Humane Society said.

Three people from Winston were charged Wednesday with running an illegal breeding facility, animal abuse, illegally disposing of dead animals, animal neglect, and with keeping wild animals without property registering them.

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