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Sep 13, 2007

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Phone Call
Location:Oregon, United States
We have to make sure the Oregon Fish and Wildlife realize what a grave mistake they are making. 
Here is the story as reported by KGW news.

Pet deer saga hits deadlock; family in tears
07:18 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
By ANTONIA GIEDWOYN and kgw.com Staff
MOLALLA, Ore. --


Please help us find a way to save Snowball and Bucky!


Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife on Wednesday arrived to take two pet deer from a Molalla family.

Watch the KGW report Franchesca Mantei found the deformed, rare-colored black tail deer named 'Snowball' five years ago. Eventually, another deer mated with Snowball and the deer gave birth to Bucky.
But under Oregon law, the animals were being held illegally.
Mantei spent most of Wednesday morning bawling. Four Oregon State Police cars were parked in her driveway. Fish & Wildlife officials were staged nearby.
After receiving an anonymous tip that the family has been illegally keeping a wild animal as a pet, authorities
descended on Mantei's Molalla property Wednesday morning to seize Snowball and Bucky, Snowball's son.
In a surprise compromise, ODFW officials granted Mantei permission to release the tame female deer onto the family's
own land. But the compromise fell through Wednesday on what to do with the animals and state police arrived to take
them in.
OSP troopers said they would take the deer in for a checkup and care to see if it would be possible to release them into
the wild. If not, officers would try and find a wildlife sanctuary.
Because Snowball the deer cannot walk normally, it won't be able to fend for itself once released, even if it remains on
the family's property, said Mantei, who has spent the last five years caring for the deer.
"Snowball released in my yard will not have a fighting chance... she can't run...with the wild critters in the area and the
neighbors' dogs, she'll get mauled. She'll be dead by dark," Mantei said.
How It All Began
Snowball was on the side of the road by Mantei's house as she drove her children to school five years ago. The young
deer's back legs were badly deformed, causing the hooves to cut into the skin every time the deer tried to take a step.
Every two weeks for six months, Mantei took the deer to a veterinarian, who fitted it with special casts to correct the
deformation, and Snowball learned to walk better.
Slideshow: Pictures of Snowball and son
"If they can't figure out what to do with her, who can take her, they'll put her down," Mantei said, trying to hold back
tears. She hopes authorities will give her enough time to locate a deer sanctuary willing to take Snowball.
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"So much wasted money... all of this over a crippled little happy deer," Mantei said.
Authorities still plan to remove Bucky, the young buck with growing antlers and normal legs. Bucky will likely be rereleased
into the wild.
About 20 other animals, including pot-bellied pigs and turkeys, roam the Manteis' five acres.
Also: Pet elk released into wild in Tillamook
Before a person removes any animal from the wild, he or she should call ODFW or Oregon State Police, officials
recommend.
More: ODFW explains reasons for wildlife rules
Under state law, removing or capturing wildlife and keeping wildlife in captivity without a permit are considered Class
A misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine.
(KGW reporter Pat Dooris also contributed to this story)

My husband, Dave Connelly and I are trying to find some way we can help these poor bewildered deer and the heartbroken family.

I have written to the US Humane Society and the West Coast Game Park in Bandon,OR.  Do you have any ideas or help you could offer?

Thanks!

Sue and Dave Connelly

Beaverton, OR 97007

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Posted: Thursday September 13, 2007, 12:13 am
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Syble Crow (0)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 12:17 pm
Thank you so much Sue and Dave for taking the time to post this so others can get involved and voice their opinion. I personally called the Director's office of the Oregon State Department of Fish and Wildlife this morning and strongly voiced mine. That number is 503.947.6044. I have called my family and friends and requested that they do the same. Hopefully, with a massive,passionate public input that Snowball and Bucky needs to be returned to their home, the State will make an exception to the law.

Thank you again! Syble Crow

Eileen Kinney (0)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 5:43 pm
I was absolutely outraged when I read the story in the paper this morning at my local Starbucks...it was the topic of conversation there at at my workplace...bottom line doesn't the OSDFishW have bigger fish to fry???? There are poachers and horrible acts of vilonce against animals every day...why are we picking on the good guys????? A friend at work said that a neighbor of his kills animals illegally all the time and has been caught.....his fines have been small and has received no threats of ever going to jail!!!!! HOLY &^%*$$#$ what is wrong here??? I hope this story has a happy ending...god knows we all need one...and so do those animals!!

Eileen Kinney (0)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 5:46 pm
I was absolutely outraged when I read the story in the paper this morning at my local Starbucks...it was the topic of conversation there at at my workplace...bottom line doesn't the OSDFishW have bigger fish to fry???? There are poachers and horrible acts of vilonce against animals every day...why are we picking on the good guys????? A friend at work said that a neighbor of his kills animals illegally all the time and has been caught.....his fines have been small and has received no threats of ever going to jail!!!!! HOLY &^%*$$#$ what is wrong here??? I hope this story has a happy ending...god knows we all need one...and so do those animals!!

Eileen Kinney (0)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 5:46 pm
I was absolutely outraged when I read the story in the paper this morning at my local Starbucks...it was the topic of conversation there at at my workplace...bottom line doesn't the OSDFishW have bigger fish to fry???? There are poachers and horrible acts of vilonce against animals every day...why are we picking on the good guys????? A friend at work said that a neighbor of his kills animals illegally all the time and has been caught.....his fines have been small and has received no threats of ever going to jail!!!!! HOLY &^%*$$#$ what is wrong here??? I hope this story has a happy ending...god knows we all need one...and so do those animals!!

Dan Haner (0)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 8:08 pm
i think the family should be able to keep the deer, its best for the deer, this happend to me when i was a kid we found an abandoned fawn in a rock quary we took care of it for aprox 8 months before authorities threatend us with jail and fines. when we had to take the deer to the refuge we were all so sad when they started to walk away with our deer it screamed for us it was the worst thing in our lives at the time are whole family was sick for a very long time that deer was part of our family it was our pet we loved it very much im now a 47 year old man and this makes me upset enough to cry. i wish nothing but the best of luck for bucky and snowball and the family thats doing the right thing for snowball. you have our support if i can help in anyway ill be there for that family. contact me at CHIMOCWAA@aol.com Dan & Mckenna Haner

Dan Haner (0)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 8:10 pm
i think the family should be able to keep the deer, its best for the deer, this happend to me when i was a kid we found an abandoned fawn in a rock quary we took care of it for aprox 8 months before authorities threatend us with jail and fines. when we had to take the deer to the refuge we were all so sad when they started to walk away with our deer it screamed for us it was the worst thing in our lives at the time are whole family was sick for a very long time that deer was part of our family it was our pet we loved it very much im now a 47 year old man and this makes me upset enough to cry. i wish nothing but the best of luck for bucky and snowball and the family thats doing the right thing for snowball. you have our support if i can help in anyway ill be there for that family. contact me at CHIMOCWAA@aol.com Dan & Mckenna Haner

Amanda Ellis (0)
Friday September 14, 2007, 12:43 am
Gah! the officials can be so damn stupid sometimes! I cant believe this! I'm going to give the department's number out tomarrow at work (I work at walgreens in milwaukie) because all of my coworkers were talking about it today. They're all as upset as I am. My family also owns a small pet store and I know a lot of their customers would looove to talk to those people too.

Bobby Baker (0)
Friday September 14, 2007, 5:35 am
this is the most stupid thing that the state can do. most states including arkansas will allow you to keep 2 wild animals at anytime. i don't know what the state thinks they are accomplishing by doing this. if they are gonna do this then they need to reimburse the connlleys for medical expenses that they spent on snowball...

Jack C. (0)
Friday September 14, 2007, 8:35 am
Add me to the outraged list. If there are laws that say the deer has to go then, someone needs to change those laws. Like laws that are supposedly broken and juries or panels are convened, all the outlying evidence is presented, then the extenuating circumstances can outweigh the letter of the law. Sometimes when a law is made it was for a specific intent. I cannot see where the life of Snowball or any possible offspring can be better off being free or forced to be let loose. How is any law that has that specificity doing this case any real justice?

Sherry Clasp (0)
Friday September 14, 2007, 10:42 am
hello
i was looking around and someone is selling t-shirts with save snowball and save bucky on them i bought 2 of them and the money will goto the owners. whoever is doing this i think there awsome.the link is www.cafepress.com/shopofhearts
i wanted to share this

Kristin v. (0)
Friday September 14, 2007, 1:31 pm
With so many animals there already, couldn't she get a permit to starty her OWN santuary?

Kandice Cangiamilla (0)
Friday September 14, 2007, 4:58 pm
Cant she get her licence and get these beautiful animals back. It breaks my heart. I am a 27 yr girl going to school dont have much money to help with things like this but if i did i would make sure i would make somthing happen this is horrible. I am so dicussed with people like that who would 1st of all make whoever aware that this lady was taking care of Snow Flake and Bucky, and that she had them with no licence. HOW STUPIED!!! I wish i could have a few words with that cold hearted person! And why would they interfere any way a good thing was being done Snow Flake and Bucky were happy in a good home, They were loved! I know this could be over rided and some one could make possible the return of these two deers. Snow Flake and Bucky you two are in my prayer, i am so sorry!!!

Kandice Cangiamilla (0)
Friday September 14, 2007, 5:06 pm
I just called Syble The number you posted and was informed to my content that the two animals will not be put asleep its not an option. That makes me feel a bit better. But i asked about the licences too and all 16 here in Oregan are tooken so they are looking for a home for them. My heart goes to the family cuz they will be hurting. They law is lame why cant another licence be brought on board! give me a good reason somebody. It just really gets me. Thank you agian Syble i gave my voice to the state department too. Kandice Cangiamilla

Kristin v. (0)
Saturday September 15, 2007, 12:14 pm
She should contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund in California for advice and help: 707-795-2533 or www.aldf.org. Joyce Tischler is the director there. Surely something can be done!

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