Good for them. This is outrageous and they deserve all the support we can give them.


An eastern Indiana couple say they plan to fight misdemeanor charges brought after they refused to release an injured fawn before they could nurse it back to health.

Jeff Counceller, a Connersville police officer, said he found the deer curled up on a front porch with maggot-infested puncture wounds in 2010. He and his wife, Jennifer, kept the deer in an enclosure on their 17-acre farm and named her Dani, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The state Department of Natural Resources told the couple to return the deer to the wild, but they kept it and nursed it back to health. The Councellers were charged earlier this month with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Jeff Counceller said returning it to the wild at the time “would have been a death sentence.” The family told the newspaper that they intended to return the deer to the wild once it was strong enough to survive on its own.

The Councellers tried to find a home for the deer at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take her. They say they didn’t know it was illegal to keep the deer.

The deer vanished last summer on the day when the DNR planned to euthanize it after the couple’s request for a rescue permit was denied.

Although lawyer’s fees would be more expensive than paying the fine for the offense, the Councellers said they plan to fight the charge.

“Sometimes, it’s not always about the DNR laws,” Jennifer Counceller told the Star. “Sometimes it’s about common sense and what’s right in God’s eyes. And that’s what I’m going to stand for.”

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USA Today: Support grows for couple facing jail for deer rescue

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  1. Maynard says:

    Like those gun buybacks, the police should institute events at which they pay people to turn in their injured deer. They could call the program “Dough for doe”.

    Speaking of which, here is a tongue-in-cheek report of a police gun-buyback event that may have turned into an impromptu gun show. Hard to say how accurate that is; the Mayor offers a different take.

    • larrygeary says:

      Those gun buyback programs are used by criminals to ditch stolen guns used in crimes – and get paid for it!

      This deer story is an example of how government at every level is out of control and lacks both common sense and basic humanity.

  2. Piratin says:

    Think about it: Why should having a deer even be against the law if you can keep it humanely? It’s not like there’s a “shortage of deer”! But just imagine if people kept deer to breed and eat. Think of how independent and self-sufficient that would make them!

    These ridiculous laws that tyrannize people are part of UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Development:

    “More things are crime and sentences are longer…this is the creation of crime…What we’re looking at here is the expansion of criminality and the expansion of government control, and it doesn’t stop in any particular part of your life. In fact it covers every aspect of your life.”

    Listen to the interview by Rosa Koire here:

    UN Agenda 21 is the biggest wheel turning against all of us, taking our freedoms and rights. Please buy Rosa’s book (on her site)!

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