Tamara Brogoitti Daughter – On Wednesday, authorities in northeast Oregon said a pet chimpanzee was shot and killed at the owner’s request after biting the keeper’s adult daughter. The animal had been kept as a pet since the owner’s childhood.
The male adult chimp had been living with the family in Pendleton, about 200 miles east of Portland, for about 17 years when it escaped from its outdoor cage and attacked the owner’s 50-year-old daughter on Sunday, according to authorities.
Lt. Sterrin Ward of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office told NBC News that Tamara Brogoitti, 68, and her injured daughter had taken refuge in the basement while their pet chimpanzee named Buck, which weighed between 200 and 250 pounds, roamed the grounds outside before being fatally shot.
Ward described the situation as “extremely sad,” adding that “tragic” was the best word he could think of.
Brogoitti told a 911 dispatcher that if she had been able to reach her own firearms, she would have shot the animal herself.
To a 911 dispatcher, Brogoitti explained, “I’ve barricaded myself in the basement with her.” “I’m unable to exit the vehicle to get my own gun. You’re going to have to do a head shot for this project.”
When the dispatcher informed the caller that assistance was on the way, the caller stated that multiple deputies would be required to put down the animal.
“Send more than one because… if the ape gets the better of him, he’ll be gone as well,” she explained further. “This is something I’ve never seen before. The only option is for him to be put down. Our hands are tied in the basement, and they have to take a head shot on the ape to finish him off.”
Deputies carried out their orders to shoot Buck, and he was killed by a single round to the head fired by one of the officers.
Authorities said the adult daughter was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton and treated for bites to her torso, arms and legs. She was released after being treated for several bites.
According to an attorney for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Brogoitti had “long deprive[d] the highly social animal of the companionship of other chimpanzees” in his facility.
In a statement, PETA’s Brittany Peet said, “PETA warned state authorities that Tamara Brogoitti had created a ticking time bomb by coming into direct contact with a dangerous ape, and now he is dead and a woman has been mauled because Brogoitti refused to follow experts’ advice and transfer Buck to an accredited sanctuary.”
Brogoitti said in an interview with NBC News on Wednesday that she did not want to talk about the tragedy.
When she got off the phone, she asked, “Can you understand that this is a very painful time for us and that we need to be left alone?”
The community recognised Buck as a trustworthy companion who would accompany Brogoitti on errands around town when he was younger and much smaller, as described by his cousin, Ward.
“I received a phone call from a local reporter who inquired as to whether or not Buck had been shot. You were familiar with his name, “Ward shared his thoughts.
The possession of chimpanzees and other exotic animals as pets was outlawed in Oregon in 2010, but many of these animals were grandfathered in and allowed to remain with their owners.
According to a state agriculture spokeswoman, Brogoitti had a permit for Buck that expired before 2010, which meant the primate was legally residing at the residence at the time.
Whether it was legal or not, Peet cited the disturbing 2009 chimpanzee attack in Connecticut as a clear warning sign that these primates should not be kept as ordinary household pets in the United States.
“It has been clear for a long time, long before the chimpanzee Travis ripped a woman’s face off in 2009, that attacks are unavoidable as long as people continue to treat chimpanzees as if they are Chihuahuas,” Peet continued.