Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office shoots, kills chimpanzee after it attacked woman

PENDLETON, Ore. — The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a chimpanzee Sunday morning in Pendleton after it attacked a woman, severely injuring her.

Deputies were called to 42251 NW Rieth Rd. around 8:00 a.m. after the owner called and reported the chimpanzee was out of its cage and had bitten her daughter.

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Lieutenant Sterrin Ward with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office told KAPP-KVEW the victim suffered several bites to her torso, arms, and legs.

When deputies arrived, the adult victim was trapped in the basement, and needed immediate medical attention, according to Lt. Ward.

At the request of the owner, deputies located the chimpanzee and shot and killed it, according to Lt. Ward.

Lieutenant Ward told 4 News Now’ sister station KAPP-KVEW the chimpanzee was a companion animal of the owner that she had had for around 17 years.

The adult male chimpanzee was roughly over 200 pounds, according to Lt. Ward.

Lieutenant Ward says this is the first time there’s ever been a problem with the chimpanzee.

The adult victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, according to Lt. Ward.