Heart-stopping footage has captured the moment police shot dead a pet chimpanzee moments after it had attacked its owners daughter.
Tamara Brogoitti, 68, said the animal, named Buck, went out of control after it escaped its cage in a ranch in the city of Pendleton, Oregon on Sunday morning (June 20).
Her 50-year-old daughter, who has not been named, was bitten on the legs, arms and torso.
Bodyworn footage shared by Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office shows a deputy searching for Buck as he enters the property.
When he opens the fence, he sees the chimp looking at him and whimpering.
Buck runs away when the officer yells: “I’m going to try and get in for a shot. Is there somebody there? Are you safe?”
The mum explains she has locked her and her daughter in a basement before giving the deputy permission to kill Buck, saying: “I need you to shoot him.”
The policeman then fires a shot through the fence and confirms: “He is down.”
Tamara had made here desperate 911 call and asked for an ambulance while taking shelter in the basement.
She told the operator: “It has attacked my 50-year-old daughter. She needs an ambulance.
“The ambulance cannot get to her. I’ve locked myself in the basement with her. I can’t get out to get my own gun. She’s bleeding profusely. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Both Tamara and her daughter were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Tamara, who ran Buck Brogoitti Animal Rescue, had owned Buck for 17 years and was allowed to keep the chimp despite Oregon banning owning the primates in 2010, because she already had the pet.
But animal rights group PETA said they had warned the county sheriff’s office in the past that Tamara had “a ticking time bomb”.
Brittany Peet, Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement at PETA, told KXLY.com: “PETA warned state authorities that Tamara Brogoitti had created a ticking time bomb by engaging in direct contact with a dangerous ape, and now, he is dead and a woman has been mauled because of Brogoitti’s refusal to follow experts’ advice and transfer Buck to an accredited sanctuary.
“Since long before the chimpanzee Travis ripped a woman’s face off in 2009, it has been clear that attacks are inevitable so long as people continue to treat chimpanzees like Chihuahuas.”