The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Jeanne Rizzotto's Chimpanzee Bites Woman and Gets Only a Public Nuisance Charge?

This was a warning, authorities. This time a woman was only bitten, what if there's another time and someone ends up like Charla Nash or St James Davis? Look through the forest and see the trees!


RED LODGE - A not guilty plea was entered in justice court in Red Lodge Thursday on behalf of Jeanne Rizzotto, who faces a public nuisance charge relating to an incident in which one of her pet chimpanzees allegedly bit a woman.

Justice of the Peace Johnny Seiffert said Rizzotto appeared in court but declined to enter a plea, at which point the court followed routine procedure and entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. Seiffert said the case is moving toward a trial, with a pre-trial hearing set for May 12.

The misdemeanor charge alleges that Rizzotto "created a condition which endangers safety and health" when one of her chimps attacked and bit a woman last November. Officials refer to the chimps escaping from their enclosure, but Rizzotto maintains their getaway was the result of vandalism.

Upon conviction, the public nuisance charge carries with it a maximum fine of $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for no longer than six months.

As the result of the alleged incident and another nationally-publicized chimp attack in Connecticut, the Carbon County Board of Health has given Rizzotto 30 days from March 12 to update the chimps' health records and provide those records to the county. They have also recommended that she place her two chimpanzees in a chimpanzee sanctu-ary.


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