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Couple caught feeding their pet monkey alcohol drinks

By Mason White 8:48 AM June 24, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A couple was arrested, charged and convicted of animal cruelty after feeding their pet monkey alcoholic beverages, police in South Africa said.

48-year old Frikkie Bosch and 39-year old Joyce Marais of Bloemfontein, were found guilty of continually giving their monkey brandy and soda.

They were each sentenced to pay a fine of $2,462 or face a jail term of 6 months.

They also received a fine of $820 each or 36 months in prison for transporting another monkey without the necessary permits.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said that they received a complaint about the couple feeding their monkey alcohol last year.

They also received a complaint by two of the couple’s neighbors that the monkey was regularly fed alcohol. The SPCA seized the couple’s two monkeys after receiving the complaints.

The animals were nursed back to health and released into the wild.