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Woman gives pet monkey cocaine and tries to flush it down toilet

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A mother of four filmed trying to flush her pet monkey down the toilet and give it cocaine has been spared from court.

Vicki Holland, 38, recorded herself abusing mini marmosets, being fed kebabs, burgers and hot dogs.

One photo shows the monkey in a ‘very distressed’ condition crouching in the toilet bowl as Holland gently presses on the drain hose, causing water to spray down the petrified primate.

Holland, from Newport, pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the Animal Welfare Act on November 18 and was convicted in Newport Magistrates Court on December 10.

She was banned from keeping any animals for the rest of her life, but her 12-week prison sentence was a 12-month suspended sentence.

Holland was also given a similar release from prison on drug charges, having been given a 20-month suspended prison sentence last November.

The RSPCA only learned she was brutally abused when police raided her home looking for drugs, seized her phone and found horrifying videos.

One clip shows her bursting into laughter as the marmoset scrapes against the toilet seat while sitting on the bottom of the water.

The terrified monkey can be seen crouching in the toilet (Image: Wales News Service)
Holland can also be seen holding cocaine (Image: Wales News Service)

She can be seen throwing toilet paper at it and calling the animal ‘idiot’ before pressing down on the drain hose as the terrified coin tries to stay above the water.

In another clip, she is seen holding some cocaine and saying: ‘Want some coke? Lick my finger. ‘

Prosecutor Aled Watkins said Holland had ‘completely disregarded the basic needs and care’ of her pet.

He told the judges: ‘This is intentional cause, this is not neglect.’

Scott Bowen, the defense, said Holland was ‘deeply embarrassed and ashamed of his behaviour’.

He told the court the monkey had experienced ‘suffering’ but there was ‘no lasting damage to the animal,’ which was handed over to the RSPCA during the investigation.

Marmoset was then referred to professional primate specialists at ‘Monkey World’ in Dorset for ongoing and appropriate care.

Holland also had to pay £420 in costs and £128 in victim surcharges.

Holland was released from court after serving a suspended sentence (Image: Wales News Service)

Speaking after the sentencing, Sophie Daniels, ombudsman for the RSPCA, said: ‘I was immediately concerned and particularly concerned about the interests of this marmoset when I saw these disturbing videos.

‘Videos from the defendant’s phone show Holland handing out a cocaine marmoset, while another shows the marmoset clearly terrified down the toilet.

‘Holland was screaming, swearing, laughing and at one point in the clip, the toilet was flushed, showing a petrified animal struggling to cling to the side of the bowl.

‘An independent vet soon confirmed that the marmoset was needlessly suffering due to the way she was treated.

‘We would like to thank Gwent Police for their support in this case, along with Monkey World, who provided a permanent home for the marmoset. Thankfully, this monkey is now getting the care it deserves after such incredible abuse. ‘

The RSPCA says the marmoset is by far the most popular primate kept as a pet.


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However, the RSPCA is ‘totally opposed’ to keeping any primates as pets, as it is difficult to meet their complex needs in a domestic environment.

Following the incident, RSPCA Senior Scientific Director, Dr Ros Clubb, added: ‘Sadly, our inspectors found the monkeys were confined in bird cages, fed fast food and treats. sugary drinks, no friends and illness due to poor care.

‘We fear many people are suffering with closed doors because people don’t know how to properly care for these animals.’

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