EUGENE, Ore. — The husband of an Oregon pet store owner was arrested after police said he paid a prostitute with an exotic animal.
According to the Eugene Police Department, the Zany Zoo Pet store reported two burglaries in early March. The stolen property included a laptop, Girl Scout cookie money and a Galago, a small primate commonly referred to as a bushbaby.
Nearly 10 days after the second burglary occurred, police recovered the exotic animal from an out-of-town prostitute staying in a motel. The woman cooperated with police and gave a statement.
In Oregon, it is illegal to have an exotic animal without a license issued by the State Department of Agriculture.
Police arrested Nathan Allen McClain, the pet store owner’s husband, for prostitution. Police said he gave the woman the animal as a tip for her services. The missing Girl Scout money was never recovered and is still under investigation.
The pint-sized primate, Gooey, is safe and is living at a nearby sanctuary until the USDA issues a new license for Zany Zoo Pets.
Eugene police uploaded a video of Gooey underneath a blanket eating a snack. Zany Zoo issued a statement regarding the arrest saying McClain will no longer be associated with the store.