Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 29, 2013

Ind. couple who rescued baby deer face charges


The Associated Press

Connersville — An eastern Indiana police officer and his wife who nursed an injured baby deer back to health are facing charges for rescuing the animal.

Connersville police officer Jeff Counceller and his wife, Jennifer, were charged this month with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The Indianapolis Star reports the couple found the injured deer in 2010 and named her Dani.

The state Department of Natural Resources told the Councellers to return the ailing deer to the wild, but they took it home and nursed it back to health.

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