A monkey that was used to purchase drugs during a Rowan County drug sting has made her way to the Jessamine County-based Primate Rescue Center.
“She was a part of an undercover drug buy,” director April Truitt said. “She was offered to a sheriff’s deputy as part of an undercover drug buy; I’m not sure of the exact amount she was sold for.”
Peanut, a female capuchin, has been housed at the PRC since September, Truitt said.
“She appears to be a young animal; we’re not exactly sure of her age,” Truitt said. “That might become important in the case because there is some feeling that she came in (to Kentucky) after the regulation was changed.”
Peanut was involved in a drug sting where an undercover Rowan County deputy received the monkey in exchange for oxycodone, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Once Peanut arrived in Jessamine County, PRC staff began the process of making sure she was healthy.
“She seems to be doing well,” Truitt said. “She’s got some separation anxiety that we often see in young monkeys that are taken from their mothers to be sold in the pet trade.”
Truitt said Peanut is being treated with homeopathic medications, which seem to be working for her, and she feels confident that monkey will be OK.
Truitt also said the monkey appeared to have been on a poor diet and PRC staff members are busy rectifying that situation.
“The cage that she was in was very small and very filthy,” Truitt said. “We’re glad to be able to offer her clean surroundings, fresh water and good food. She may have been getting an improper diet as well.”
Truitt said Peanut is in quarantine because she is a new animal and the court case against her former owner, Jerry Mynhier, is pending.
“We do have capuchins that we are hoping to introduce her with, but we are shy about doing that until we know that she’s going to stay with us,” Truitt said. “That will be decided by the courts.”