Indiana couple charged after saving deer

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A couple from Indiana faces jail time for rescuing a baby deer.

Jeff and Jennifer Councellor found an injured fawn more than two years ago.

They took it home, treated its wounds, and nursed it back to health.

Last summer, an officer from the state’s Department of Natural Resources told them the deer had to be euthanized because it could be dangerous.

But the deer escaped from the Councellor’s yard on the day it was supposed be euthanized.

“I think this whole thing has been blown way out of proportion,” said Jeff Councellor.  “You’ve had Decatur County prosecutor involved in a Fayette County incident with a Union County judge.  It’s a complete waste of tax payer money.”

The Councellors are being charged with unlawful possession of a deer, which is a misdemeanor that could come with a jail sentence and fines.

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  • Anonymous

    You have got to be kidding! This is proof that there are people in high places that don’t have the sense that God gave a goose.

  • Rob Diaz

    So what your saying is they're getting charged for having a heart & showing compassion for a baby deer. Are you ate up with the dumb a$$ or something?

  • Ardath Jones

    Agree w/all of the above comments. "Authority" has taken over everywhere in this country. Completely overstepping their bounds!

  • Diana Maduzia

    I think these people were wonderful to have the heart and compassion to help this deer, however they should have not kept it, and contacted the proper wildlife rehabilitation group who may have helped. I agree with the above statements in regards to the issues with authority, who is really in charge? However by keeping this deer, they did more harm than good, it may not survive back in the wild, not knowing how to get its own food, how to shelter itself accordingly. The humans imprinted on the deer. Its such a messed up world, and I am the first to help an animal too, I feel for these people who have heart.. They may not have know that there are people out there who can help and rehab these animals for release back into the wild. I work with groups like this. They have liscenses to capture wildlife if needed in order to help them. As for the deer needing to be euthanized, I think that was harsh….someone could help. -continued

    • Diana Maduzia

      I know of cases in the city of Chicago where people unlawfully kept animals, and the animals were not killed…they found a safe place for them, for education, something. The governernment in that area sounds like it needs some serious help. My heart goes out to the baby deer, and they people that helped :) These animals are protected by the state they live in, wheres the protection? Give them a fighting chance. – Diana Maduzia

  • Kathleen Thomas

    This is a waste of tax money, get real and take care of real criminals. These sound like great people who tried to help. Those running things sound like fools.

  • Mary

    Get a microphone in a DNR spokesman's face and have him explain this ridiculous action the department is taking against the couple. I'm glad the story is all over the news and I hope it embarrasses the department.

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