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Indiana couple faces jail time, fine for nursing injured deer back to health
An Indiana couple who spent two years nursing an injured fawn back to health now face jail time for the act of human kindness.
State officials charged Jeff and Jennifer Counceller with unlawful possession of a deer — a misdemeanor crime that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, according to The Indianapolis Star.
Jeff Counceller, a Connersville police officer, said he was responding to a house call when he saw the animal on the porch.
She could barely stand and had a wound infested with maggots, he said.
The Councellers contacted the state Department of Natural Resources, who told them to send the animal back into the wild. They also called petting zoos and animal rescue agencies, but no one wanted her, they said.
Returning the animal into the woods “would have been a death sentence," Jeff Counceller told The Star.
As a last resort, the couple left the deer at their 17-acre farm with every intention of releasing it once it was stronger, they said.