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Connersville Couple In Trouble For Helping A Baby Deer

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A Connersville couple could go to prison for rescuing an injured deer.

Jeff and Jennifer Counceller, who rescued the injured fawn and nursed it back to health.

State officials have now charged the couple a misdemeanor for harboring the animal.

Jeff Counceller, a police officer in Connersville.

If he and his wife are convicted they could go to jail for up to 60 days and have to pay up to $2,000 in fines.

The couple rescued the deer more than two years ago after finding it on their neighbor’s porch.

The Councellers said the deer had sustained injuries, and they wanted to nurse it back to health.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources wanted to euthanize the deer last summer , saying she might be dangerous and a threat to people.

On the day that was supposed to happen, the deer mysteriously escaped.

Meanwhile, the story has caused uproar on the Internet. A Facebook support page has more than 6,400 “Likes” in support of the couple. An online petition to drop the charges already has more than 3,800 signatures.

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