ONEIDA CASTLE, N.Y. – A pet Capuchin monkey that escaped from its owner and bit a central New York woman has tested negative for rabies.
The monkey named Jada attacked a woman and bit her on the finger as she played with her son Wednesday in the back yard of the family's home in Oneida Castle, 25 miles east of Syracuse.
Oneida County Health Department officials say the monkey was euthanized Wednesday to test for rabies.
Police say the owner provided proof of the monkey's rabies vaccination and a copy of his exotic pet license. But under state law, the monkey had to be tested anyway. To check the animal for rabies, its brain tissue had to be examined after it was euthanized.