HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – Connecticut’s laws regarding primates as pets are back in the spotlight.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

Attorney Charles Willinger says the law regulating large animals as pets has been on the books in Connecticut for decades, but the problem is it was never enforced for the pet chimpanzee who mauled his client, Charla Nash.

“In terms of my client, obviously, it’s a little bit too little too late,” says Willinger.

Willinger is preparing a $150 million lawsuit on behalf of Nash to cover her mounting medical and health care bills.

Asked if Nash may be preparing for a face transplant, Willinger would only say that it’s something they’re looking into.

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection is holding a hearing on the issue tonight at 6 p.m. at DEP Headquarters at 79 Elm Street, Hartford. More details HERE.

What do you think of the proposed lawsuit? Is it right or an effort to cash in? Sound off in the comments section.

Comments (5)
  1. Sheila says:

    Sueing the State of CT is sueing the overburdened taxpayers-I feel really sorry for her but, let’s start making people accountable 1. the owner of this animal and 2. the regulators for not doing their jobs!

  2. Fred says:

    Who knows how many other people are out there with this sort of “pet”.

  3. PaPa Joe says:

    When a person becomes a “pet parent” to a large creature like a boa, tiger, lion, chimp,etc. one would think they would be aware of the dangers. I have a friend who owns a yorkie who turned on her one day and bit, of all things, her big toe. A yorkie is one thing a large chimp is another. On the one hand I feel sorry for them for their injuries on the other it’s more like what were you thinking?

    1. Wendy says:

      Um the lady that was attacked did NOT own the chimp.

  4. Pat says:

    Cash in on what. Ct towns were given 3 or 4 opportunities to get this chimp off of the streets and they ignored them. No one captured this chimp when it ran wild.

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