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Chimps caretakers say breeders put people at risk

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There's more fallout from the shooting of a chimpanzee in a Las Vegas neighborhood, including accusations that animal breeders are putting people at risk.

"It was pretty sad," said Miguel Gutierrez, who took care of Buddy the chimpanzee. "There's nothing I could do. I just tried to scream and plead with him, and he just didn't listen."

A big part of part of Gutierrez's life is now missing. He considered Buddy a brother. He was right behind buddy when officers shot and killed him. He said, he wishes he took the bullet for him.

"He would have done it for me," said Gutierrez. "I know he's better now and chimps don't have the greatest of lives."

Before their escape, Buddy and the female chimpanzee C.J. were in a wired cage. Miguel thinks something upset them. Then, they busted a cage with two doors, even knocking one of the steel hinges. Miguel suspects one of the new locks may not have been properly closed.

"They have so much strength," said Gutierrez. "This thing just collapsed."

C.J. is in a more secure cage. Her caretakers said, she's doing okay but they're worried about her future.

"Unfortunately, being in a cage isn't the best," said Timmi DeRosa, who cared for the animals. "No matter what other solution we come up with, we are going to make her the happiest we ever can. I would still say the best thing for C.J. is if she was never born and that's what's really tragic."

DeRosa hopes Buddy's death will shed light on breeding these type of dangerous animals. She said, chimpanzee breeders make $60,000 and are in it for the money. She said, breeders should held accountable for the animals actions.

"Zoos don't want them. Sanctuaries are full," said DeRosa. "Someone is making $60,000 on an animal every time they sell an animal. It's the only person who benefits and they rip the baby a day old from its mother."

This isn't the first time the two tried to escape. One of the caretaker said, they used tools including wire cutters to try and break free but that didn't work.

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