Pair charged after monkey found dead in hot car at Tennessee water park, police say

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Two people were hit with animal cruelty charges after police found a dead monkey inside a car Wednesday at Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville, Tennessee.

When Sevierville Police officers arrived around 4:30 p.m. after receiving a call about the animal, they discovered two marmoset monkeys, a deceased 9-week-old and a distressed 5-week-old, inside a car in the parking lot. The 5-week-old monkey was taken to Appalachian Animal Hospital in Morristown for treatment and was reported to be very dehydrated, but its condition was improving.

The interior heat of the vehicle was believed to be the cause of both the death and distress of the monkeys. The outside air temperature was about 87 degrees at the time. According to, vehicle interior temperature in the summer can rise from 85 degrees to 120 degrees within 30 minutes.

Officers have charged the owners of the monkey.

Nova Brettell, 54, of Warsaw, Indiana, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, and David Paul Brettell, 54, also of Warsaw, was charged with animal cruelty.

Police said additional charges were possible.

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