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Indiana Police Officer, Wife, Could Face Jail Time for Saving a Deer

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- 1965 days ago -
The saved a baby deer and now they may face jail time for there self-less act!! SIGN THIS pettition: -charges-against-connersville-police-officer-and-h is-wife#

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Rose V (41)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:50 pm

Rose V (41)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:51 pm
^^^^^^^This is the link the one in the description i dot know what happened but it doesn't seem to want to work^^^

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:59 pm
Noted ,Signed & Thanks Roseemily .

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:39 am
This is ridiculous, noted and signed, thanks Roseemily.

gabriela v (172)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:59 am

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:14 am
Signed, Agree, This is ridiculous. Thank you Roseemily.

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:59 am
#23,297 Signed, noted and shared on FB

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:39 am
gladly signed

Liz AWAY G (72)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:13 pm
Noted and happy to sign to help this lovely couple who are caring and compassionate and helped nurse this beautiful little deer back to health,they should be commended in saving a precious wild animals life instead of being punished,UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!!!!! Thank you dear Sheila for the fwd and to Roseemily for the petition.I pray the outcome is a happy ending for this caring couple.Liz Xx

Animae C (514)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:12 pm

Thanx Charles M. for fwd.

petition signed

Agnes N (703)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:41 pm
Thanks Charles, Roseemily..noted, signed and shared

Ruth M (843)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:12 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks.Roseemily

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:19 pm
I am in Lafayette Indiana and I'm outraged but not surprised. I have dealt with these idiot inbreeds myself. That law was put into place to protect animals from human predators, not to abuse the humans doing good deeds. The petition link.

For those with a facebook page wishing to support these people.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:22 pm
Here is something positive they could do with our tax dollars. Find the sadists who put this trap in this dogs backyard and killed her. Hebron Indianan.

I have no idea if this will work on care2 but here is the poor soul with that damn trap.

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:04 am

Joy W (103)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:25 am
Noted and signed.

Danuta W (1250)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:35 am

Barbara E (63)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:34 am
Noted and already signed Rosemary :-0 Tnx

Jackie Davis (82)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:29 am
What is wrong here? We have trigger happy cops killing animals and people's pets just for the fun of it. They hardly ever get prosecuted. Now we have an officer doing some good in the world and they are being prosecuted. Are the lawyers and judges as crooked as Obama? If so, we are truly in sad shape in our country.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:35 am
noted + signed

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:22 am
I gave Jackie Davis a green star for the first part of his/her comment. What Obama has to do with this, I don't understand, but I thought it was interesting that the savior of this lovely creature was a cop. Somehow, the servants of the people on the police forces across the country don't have the best reputations for compassion. I certainly signed the petition and will forward the info. Thanks to Alice D. for sending it to me. I certainly hope this couple does not get prosecuted for this absurd "crime." Thanks. Roseemily.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:46 am
I refuse to sign this petition for the reason that what these people (a police officer no less!) did is against a law that is in place to protect both humans and the well-being of the animals. Wild animals are dangerous; even a cute, cuddly baby can injure you inadvertantly. Wildlife rehabilitators are trained to handle the animals properly but even amongst us rehabbers, specialized training and facilities are required to be licensed to accept species such as deer and raptors.
Animals raised by inexperienced individuals suffer nutritional deficiencies, developmental disorders and suffer social deprivation. They imprint on humans meaning that they view the humans as their parents because this is their only role model. Exposures to family and visitors who often feed the animal worsens the problem.
Eventually released in urban/suburban areas, they quickly become a nusiance frequenting yards, parks, and public areas seeking human companionship and food. Most become roadkill, are killed by dogs, or are captured and euthanized.
Released in the wild, they are not equipped with the knowledge to forage for appropriate natural foodstuffs, socialize with their peer species, or protect themselves from the environment and predators. Many a hunter will regale you with tales of encounters with animals that approach them with no evidence of fear.
These animals live short, tortured, deprived lives until they starve, die of disease or predation.
Most people know (and this officer certainly did) that it is illegal to possess a wild animal. If the fawn was as badly injured as claimed, common sense would have led led them to seek veterinary care and advice whereupon the veterinarian would have advised them of the law and notified the appropriate agency. Knowing the law, and choosing to break it, makes one a criminal - punishable under the law. This couple may have initially acted on compassion, but it quickly turned to personal enjoyment, novelty, and notoriety.
PLEASE! If you encounter an injured or orphaned wild animal, contact the police, Dept of Fish and Game, a nature center, or you can easily locate a rehabilitator in your locality via a simple online search engine. There is no fee for our services, although a small donation to offset the cost of the animal's care is gratefully appreciated.

As you might imagine, people like this couple make me furious and anyone who sympathizes with them makes me equally furious. I hope you have taken the time to read this lengthy post and will try to understand my position. Barb D. (DrWildcat)

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:58 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:38 pm
I know that Barbara but I'm still signing.

Veronique L (209)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 12:47 pm
Gladly noted & signed!

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 2:24 pm
Barbara, perhaps they should of called an Agency first, but they didn't and they did what they thought was best. It still should not be punished for an act of compassion. They can be advised for future or maybe they could even do a Community service project about wild animals and what to do it you find one. But no jail, no fine. Sometimes we must use common sense for a change. I understand the laws are there to prevent people from taking in wildlife for a pet, but as long as these people saved it's life, could document this by photos and or back up of family, friends, or neighbors that this occured, that should be the end of it.

I too wanted to give Jackie Davis a star until he threw in the Obama comment. I'm getting so tired of Obama being blamed for or his name thrown in for anything that might be negative. I didn't even vote for Obama so don't feel I'm a big supporter of him, nor did I vote for Romeny either but I went 3rd Party. But enough is enough. You don't like the policies he has made is one thing, but don't throw his name out just for the sake of throwing it out. Between all the foolish emails and the misuse of his name it is very tiring at this point, and frankly doesn't do the intended affect of that which I think you seek.

Thank you for signing the petition "Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife"
I signed because laws are meant to be broken if there is a just reason. This is stupid and too penalizing for an act of compassion even if it was misguided according to Barbara.

Nancy C (806)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 4:17 pm

Evelyn M (38)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:13 pm
I signed it. What kind of a crazy world do we live in to charge someone for doing something good? Crazy!! It really is a shame that this sort of thing could even happen. I sure hope that all charges get dropped.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:52 pm
Signed with 31,346 supporters!:)

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:20 pm

In 2007, it declined to discipline two conservation officers who used false addresses to secure cheaper, in-state fishing licenses in Ohio. The agency's director of law enforcement at the time, Col. Scotty Wilson, said: "We don't think it was a good practice. But do we feel they went over there and intentionally broke the law? No, I think it might have just been bad judgment."

One of those who got a break was Travis Wooley, the conservation officer who spent a month in 2012 investigating the Councellers and concluded with a report that now has the Councellers each facing the possibility of 60 days in jail and $500 fines.

Wooley couldn't be reached for comment.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 9:23 pm
This is what I was told by somebody who knows these people.
the Councellers tried many avenues of getting Dani into a proper and professional care setting. Petting zoos. Deer rescues. Wildlife rehab facilities. They ALL turned them down. Then they tried to apply to become wildlife rehabbers themselves, and the state turned them down for THAT.
NOW the Indiana DNR wants to go after these people who tried repeatedly to do the right thing.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday February 1, 2013, 5:07 am
Then according to Kathy, if these people did their best to find an Agency to work with them or help them and all efforts upon their part turned them down, then they did the decent thing and saved this deers life. If this deer after all their efforts was going to be euthanized, shame on those who would do such a thing. This is a travisty all the way around and I'm glad the deer is in the wilds again and away from stupid people that would kill it and punish the ones who saved it.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday February 1, 2013, 8:36 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it is asking a prosecutor to drop charges against a couple who nursed an injured baby deer back to health.

The DNR said in a statement Friday that Gov. Mike Pence asked the agency to reevaluate the case.

"We wanted to give it a fair look," Pence said.

Pence tells WHAS11 he agrees with the DNR's decision on Friday to drop the charges after he requested a review of the case.

Click here, for more of Pence's reaction to DNR's actions on the case.

The DNR says it is seeking the dismissal of misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of a white-tailed deer against police officer Jeff Counceller and his wife, Jennifer, of Connersville.

The case has sparked an Internet furor.

The couple found the injured deer in 2010. The DNR 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.

Thomas Brueckner (41)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:55 am
The Judges,priests,governments and all that is against the nature,will one day find their downfall.

Talya H (10)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:48 pm
Amazing person, stupid country!!
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