The three ringtail lemurs seized from Ashville Game Farm last week after they apparently bit a young boy were euthanized Friday night and found not to be rabid, officials said.
The animals, which were the subject of a court battle last week, were tests by 9 p.m. Friday, Washington County Attorney Roger Wickes said.
Supreme Court Justice David Krogmann ordered the tests so that a 7-year-old Glenville boy who was apparently bitten by one of the lemurs at the farm July 31 would not have to complete precautionary rabies shots. They boy had gotten two of four shots, and was to get his next shot Monday.
The boy’s mother said she was told the day of the bite that the animals were up-to-date on their shots, but Ashville owner Jeff Ash provided no proof of any vaccinations in court on Friday.
Ash said Thursday he planned to close permanently after Labor Day weekend. He said the game farm’s last day will be Sept. 7.
Meanwhile, an investigation by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Washington County District Attorney’s Office into the farm’s operations was continuing this week.
DEC Capt. Lawrence DiDonato said Monday that there was not timetable for a decision on whether charges would be filed.
A DEC lieutenant said last week that conservation officers found evidence of permit violations when they inspected the Lick Springs Road game farm.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright said his office was investigating whether Ashville’s staff endangered the welfare of children by allowing them to have contact, and apparently be bitten or scratched, by exotic species.
The game farm’s state permit requires that patrons not be allowed to have contact with animals, but The Post-Star has been contacted by at least three people who claim they or their children were bitten or scratched there this year.
The DEC asked that anyone who had been bitten, scratched or clawed by an animal at Ashville contact the agency at 877-457-5680.