The Sheriff's Department had responded to a call Monday night on a request to help capture an angry chimp running loose on a highway outside Winston in northwest Missouri. When officers arrived, the 9-year-old chimp opened the patrol car door and grabbed the leg of a deputy, who fatally shot it, Chief Deputy Todd Watson said.
When Watson went to talk to the owners, he smelled a strong odor and heard barking from an estimated 100-200 small breed dogs. The owners said they also had three other primates.
Watson returned with a search warrant the next day but only found 13 dogs and 2 cats, who appeared to be neglected and abused. He also found nine dead puppies in the yard. He did not find the dogs he smelled and heard the day before.
The three people involved were charged at that point with numerous counts of animal neglect and abuse, and with owning exotic animals without a license. After the discovery of the dogs on Thursday, improper disposal of dead animals charges were also added against the three accused.