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MCSO: Detectives subdue monkey owned by Phoenix 'hoarder'

(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

After years of being held captive in a filthy cage, Maricopa County animal crimes investigators rescued a Capuchin monkey named Ricky.

Deputies sedated him with a fruit filled with a serum to tranquilize the animal and gently placing him into a crate.

Durl White has lived next door for two years.

"The first time we met her she said hi I'm Ms. Chavez. I'm a hoarder. And we thought it was funny but then we found out it wasn't funny," said White.

He called the odor permeating from the 78-year-old's yard pungent. White's even had his place treated to keep the insects and vermin from crawling over to his home.

"I've only seen one trash can out there the whole time we've lived there and it was half full," said White.

Deputies trudged through garbage so deep they couldn't find the other animals said to be living in the home.

"Going through the residence there's no way you can tell there are any cats in there. It's so filled with stuff that I'm not going to subject my people, their health and wealth and safety digging through looking for cats," said MCSO Sgt. Chris Lafko.

We're told the homeowner, Mary Chavez, has lived here for about a decade. CBS 5 cameras captured her standing on her patio talking to deputies as they explained what she needed to do.

"Have you ever tried to catch a cat that doesn't want to be caught," said Chavez.

It's still unknown if Chavez will be charged.

"Our concern is her mental health. She needs some assistance," said Sgt. Lafko.

The monkey was taken to a vet to be checked out. He will then be transported to the Heritage Park Zoological Society in Prescott.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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