Skip to comments.Couple Faces Jail Time for Saving Baby Deer’s Life
Posted on 02/08/2013 8:43:35 AM PST by Beowulf9
An Indiana couple is facing up to 60 days in jail and $2,000 in fines for saving a deer from death. Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife Jennifer spotted an injured baby deer on their neighbors porch. Instead of turning a blind eye to the dying fawn, the Councellers took the deer in and nursed it back to health.
They kept the deer, Little Orphan Dani, in their backyard as it recovered. Everything was fine until an Indiana Conservation Officer spotted Little Orphan Dani in the Councellers yard. The Councellers were charged with unlawful possession of a deer, a misdemeanor offense.
The day that Little Orphan Dani was to be euthanized by the Conservation Agency, the deer inexplicably escaped into the wild. Although Little Orphan Dani was able to get away, the Councellers may not be so lucky.
Historically, crimes have two elements: (1) actus reus (bad act), and (2) mens rea (bad intent).
Most people would agree that nursing an animal back to health is not a bad act in the sense of being morally blameworthy. Keeping the deer is deemed to be a bad act only because the legislature has said it is prohibited. Do we as a society want to punish acts that are not inherently wrong with criminal penalties?
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Bureaucrats......swear to God, they’re totally out of control (not to mention out of their minds).
As a Pennsylvanian,I say good! I wouldn’t give these folks jail time, but I hope they have to pay a nice, hefty fine. The overpopulation of deer here in the Philadelphia area has turned deer into a menace. They cause car accidents, they annhilate gardens, rip up expensive landscaping, and spread lime disease. As far as I’m concerned, the right thing to do if you find an injured deer in your yard (baby or not) is to shoot it. If local ordinance forbids that, contact animal control to do it for you.
Are YOU Heartless and well as STUPID!
So, hunt them, cook them, and eat more of them!
The reason there are so many nowadays is because of idiot laws- their were LESS deer 20 years ago because there were less restrictions on hunting them
Well, no one's ever accused me of being smart and I suppose I am heartless when it comes to deer.
You would be too if you lived in southeastern PA where packs of deer roam the streets like the Crips and the Bloods.
You can’t own the King’s deer, even if you are owning them temporarily to help them...
As an Ohioan, I say good! I agree with the fine. Just because they look like Bambi, doesn't mean that they don't do severe damage to yards, cause car accidents, crap all over yards, etc. Their herds should be culled dramatically and the meat turned over to charitable groups.
Their overpopulation around here is a serious problem.
I just read in today’s paper that the prosecutor is going to drop charges against these people.
Bureaucrats......swear to God, theyre totally out of control (not to mention out of their minds).
It is getting that these little tin pot morons are causing more harm than good and they still continue to justify themselves....
Easy fix. Just put-up “Deer Crossing” signs so that they move to a different location.
Only in New America would people actually go to jail for sh*t like this. I don’t understand my country anymore.
You're absolutely right.
You’re not big on the compassion thing, are you? If you find a dog crapping on your lawn, do you pull out the Glock? Jeeeeze.
Unlawful possession of a deer? Santa is a fugitive
In ONE day we had a deer charge a guy on a motorcycle at one end of our drive and a deer run into the side of a van at the other end of our drive. The motorcyclist lived.
Yes I DO have deer in my yard(Front and Back)! Any YES I hunt them as well(Legally).
“I just read in todays paper that the prosecutor is going to drop charges against these people.”
So glad to hear this.
It really made me think of Jesus saying if an animal falls into a pit on the sabbath which of you would not pull him out, meaning the Pharisees ill use of the law, basically because of their hard hearts.
The law is made to serve man, not man to serve the law.
Well then you have Bambi and the rest of us have real deer that do damage and charge people. And pets. And vehicles.
” You would be too if you lived in southeastern PA where packs of deer roam the streets like the Crips and the Bloods.”
You wanna try a drive by on a pack of deer? :)
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