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‘Ticking time bomb’ pet chimpanzee shot dead by cops after going on rampage
June 22, 2021
An adored chimpanzee which had been kept as a pet on a family ranch for more than 15 years was shot dead this weekend after it attacked its owner's daughter.
Buck the chimp was shot by a police officer when it violently bit the 50-year-old daughter's legs, arms and torso on Sunday.
Owner Tamara Brogoitti hurriedly called 911 as she and her daughter hid from the violent chimpanzee in their basement bedroom.
In the 911 audio acquired by KHQ-TV, Brogoitti can be heard saying: "It has attacked my 50-year-old daughter.
"She needs an ambulance. The ambulance can not get to her. I've locked myself in the basement with her. I can't get out to get my own gun. She's bleeding profusely. I've never seen anything like this."
Officers say they were forced to shoot the animal dead so they could safely make their way to the injured victim.
Both women were taken to hospital where their wounds were treated.
Buck was reportedly found roaming near a fence that surrounded the Brogoitti property when officers arrived at the scene.
The police concluded that Buck had to be "put down" in order to safely reach the barricaded women.
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Buck was shot once in the head after the officer go permission from owner Brogoitti.
He had lived with the family for 17 years on their ranch before the tragic attack.
Buck the chimpanzee was part of the Buck Brogoitti Animal Rescue, a non-profit charity took care primarily of horses that had been seized by police in abuse and neglect cases.
The state of Oregon made it illegal to keep chimpanzees and other great apes as pets in 2010 but the law allowed those owned prior to 2010 to be kept until the end of their natural life.
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This allowed Buck to stay in the care of the Brogoitti family.
Animal rights groups such as PETA have said that Buck was a "ticking time bomb" and a dangerous ape because he had lived at the property for such a long period of time.
PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet told KXLY.com : "PETA warned state authorities that Tamara Brogoitti had created a ticking time bomb by engaging in direct contact with a dangerous ape, and now, he is dead and a woman has been mauled because of Brogoitti's refusal to follow experts' advice and transfer Buck to an accredited sanctuary.
"Since long before the chimpanzee Travis ripped a woman's face off in 2009, it has been clear that attacks are inevitable so long as people continue to treat chimpanzees like Chihuahuas.'"