Chimpanzee's caretaker cited after second escape
A caretaker of a chimpanzee that made a second escape in a Las Vegas neighborhood over the weekend has been cited.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A caretaker of a chimpanzee that made a second escape in a Las Vegas neighborhood over the weekend has been cited.
Timmi DeRosa was cited for possession of a dangerous animal and for an animal running loose, a Clark County official said Monday.
DeRosa could face a third citation later this week, but county officials wouldn't specify.
DeRosa was one of the caretakers of two chimpanzees who first escaped their backyard enclosure in the northwest Valley on July 12. One of the chimpanzees was fatally shot that day by police, and the other was tranquilized and returned to her enclosure.
That chimpanzee -- CJ -- made a second escape on Saturday, less than a month later.
CJ was captured by authorities and taken to another private residence in Clark County believed to be better suited to handle her. CJ is expected to be relocated to a sanctuary in Oregon this week.
Action News will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.