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Travis the Chimp owner Sandy Herold passes away

By Michael Bearak     May 25, 2010 in Lifestyle
The former owner of the chimpanzee who attacked its owner's friend, horribly disfiguring her has passed away. It has been reported that Sandy Herold, Travis' former owner died Monday.
Sandy Herold, whose chimpanzee, Travis mauled, blinded, and disfigured her friend, Charla Nash back in February of 2009 has passed away according to her attorney.
Travis, a 200 pound chimpanzee, attacked Herold's friend Nash, blinding her, tearing off her lips and hands and severely mauling her face and body. Herold attempted to save her friends life stabbed her beloved pet, and even hit him over the head with a shovel.
In the end Nash's family sued both Herold and the state of Connecticut. According to Herold's attorney, Robert Golger, she was an animal lover who, "marched to the beat of her own drum and was proud of it."
Nash's family contends that Herold did not know how to properly take care of the chimpanzee and thus sued her for $50 million. Their lawsuit against the state is for another $150 million claiming they failed to prevent the attack as well.
Golger stated that Herold had suffered the loss of her only child, her husband, the brutal attack on her close friend and the loss of her beloved pet. According to Golger, "The stress of defending a multimillion-dollar lawsuit and all that it entailed also weighed heavy on Sandy. She hated living alone in a house where she faced constant reminders of the vibrant and happy life she once led with her family and friends."
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