Couple charged after monkey found dead in hot car at Tennessee water park, police say
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Two people face animal cruelty charges after police found a dead monkey in a car Wednesday at Soaky Mountain Water Park in Sevierville, Tennessee.
When Sevierville police arrived around 4:30 p.m. after receiving a call about the animal, they discovered two marmoset monkeys, a 9 week old child who died and a 5 week old child in distress, inside a car in the parking lot. The 5-week-old monkey was taken to Appalachian Animal Hospital in Morristown for treatment and is believed to be severely dehydrated, but his condition is improving.
The heat inside the vehicle is believed to be the cause of the death and distress of the monkeys. The outside air temperature was around 87 degrees at the time. According to ASPCA.org, the interior temperature of the vehicle in summer can drop from 85 degrees to 120 degrees in 30 minutes.
Officers charged the owners of the monkey.
Police were still investigating on Wednesday and said additional charges were possible.