Thank Department of Natural Resources for Dropping Charges Against Deer Rescuers

Dani the Deer Saved

Target: Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director, Robert Carter Jr.

Goal: Applaud the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for dropping criminal charges against couple who cared for injured deer.

Jeff and Jennifer Counceller are relieved that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have decided to drop criminal charges against them for nursing an injured deer back to health. In 2010, Jeff found the baby deer severely injured so he brought it back to their 17-acre farm to try and save it. Please sign this petition and support the DNR’s decision to drop criminal possession charges against the couple.

Jeff Counceller, a police officer, found a fawn in 2010 curled up on a font porch with maggot-infested puncture wounds. He brought the fawn back to his family’s 17-acre farm in Connersville, Indiana to try and save it. Along with his wife Jennifer, the two did nurse the deer back to health and kept it in a fenced enclosure. The couple named the deer Dani and kept it in good health as they looked for a permanent home for the deer. They contacted animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take it. They applied for a rescue permit but were turned down.

The DNR sought charges after Dani went missing last summer on the day the DNR planned to euthanize it because it had become too domesticated. The couple was shocked when state wildlife officials and prosecutors charged them with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. After the couple’s situation went viral, online campaigns and Gov. Mike Pence put pressure on the DNR to drop the criminal charges. Thankfully the DNR listened and requested that the charges be dropped by the County Chief Deputy Prosecutor. Just recently those charges were dropped and the couple is free to return to their lives.

Please sign this petition and support the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ decision to drop criminal charges against the couple who nursed an injured fawn back to health.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Carter,

Thank you for recognizing the ridiculous possession charges brought against the Indiana couple who rescued and nursed a dying fawn back to health. Jeff Counceller, a police officer, did not realize he was breaking the law when he brought an injured fawn home to rehabilitate it. Jeff found the fawn two years ago on a front porch suffering from decaying puncture wounds. He was compelled to help the animal so he brought it back to his family’s 17-acre farm where they nursed it back to health and named it Dani.

Jeff and his wife Jennifer kept Dani in an enclosed fence while they maintained the deer’s health for almost two years. The Councellers said they had intended to release the deer once it was strong enough to survive on its own. They tried to find it a home at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take it. They applied for a rescue permit but were turned down.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sought criminal charges for illegal possession of a white-tailed deer after the deer went missing on the same day the DNR planned to euthanize it. The DNR planned to murder Dani because they felt it had become too domesticated. Illegal possession of a white-tailed deer is a misdemeanor charge that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Not only am I relieved to hear that the couple will not face these charges, but also that Dani escaped the unnecessary execution.

Hopefully this situation will educate the public on appropriate animal rescue and highlight the issues confronted by the Counceller’s when seeking a home for Dani. Thank you for dropping the charges against the couple who saved an injured fawn.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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