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Pair charged with monkey cruelty

Two people have appeared before magistrates charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a juvenile monkey at their home.

Lee Powell, 50, and Julie Jones, 41, both denied four charges brought under the Animal Welfare Act during a brief appearance at Dudley Magistrates' Court.

The defendants, both of Sunderland Drive, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, are alleged to have failed to ensure the needs of a marmoset-type monkey were met between March 1 and June 15 this year.

Powell and Jones, who are being prosecuted by the RSPCA, were granted unconditional bail to appear for trial at the same court on December 13.

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