Monkey seized after biting pizza patron's arm

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Updated: 8/05 9:32 pm

BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California have seized a woman's pet monkeys after one bit a customer at a pizza parlor.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says Wendelin Ringel turned over the capuchin monkey on Tuesday for a six-month quarantine to ensure it doesn't have rabies. Two other monkeys were impounded until Ringel shows she has permits for them.

Authorities say Ringel took the monkeys to a pizzeria in Cherry Valley on Sunday.

Tricia Moreno told the Press-Enterprise that she and her three children were there. Moreno says she went outside to make a phone call and encountered Ringel holding the monkeys.

Moreno says one monkey escaped and ran under a parked car. When she caught and returned it, Moreno says it bit her arm.

She needed stiches and will get rabies shots.

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