Charge dropped after owner surrenders monkey

Carter Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control

The owner of a monkey found running loose in the parking lot of Carolinas Medical Center-University in March surrendered her ownership rights in court Tuesday in exchange for having the charge against her dropped.

Carter the rhesus macaque monkey has been in the custody and care of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control since he was caught March 26.

He will be transferred to a primate sanctuary through the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, although no date has been scheduled, said Melissa Knicely, spokeswoman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control.

The monkey was cleared of his quarantine period in April by the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Security workers at Carolinas Medical Center-University cornered the monkey under a vehicle in the same parking lot from which it escaped a day earlier. An animal control officer captured the monkey with the help of a family member of the monkey’s owner.

After Carter escaped about noon March 25, a hospital worker who tried to capture him was bitten before Carter darted into nearby woods.

The monkey’s owner, Nyeshia Miller, was charged with misdemeanor possession of an animal that is illegal to own (in Mecklenburg County), according to court records.

In a search warrant obtained by WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, investigators said Carter’s owner was cited in 2014 for having an exotic animal in the city limits.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak