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Connersville, Indiana Cop, Wife, Face Jail Time For Saving A Deer January 26, 2013

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Connersville, Indiana Cop, Wife, Face Jail Time For Saving A Deer January 26, 2013 The Inquisitr
... Jeff rescued an injured deer two years ago when he found it on a porch during a police call. He and his wife, a nurse, took care of the little deer ... After a confrontation with the Department of Natural Resources, they were told that Dani was too humanized and would need to be put down.... I guess the moral of the story is: Don’t help deer because the government doesn’t like it.

Support grows for couple facing jail for deer rescue January 29, 2013 Indiana, USA TODAY
The Councellers first found the deer, which they named Dani, curled up in a corner of a porch. They cleaned and dressed its wounds and nursed it back to health — all with the intention of turning it out into the wild once it was big enough and strong ...A Facebook page set up four days ago to show support for Jeff and Jennifer Counceller now has more than 9,000 "likes" from people around the world... The charge — illegal possession of a white-tailed deer — is a just a misdemeanor ...

... Jeff Counceller says a dying fawn he found on someone's porch three years ago ... Counceller said they plan to fight the charges, even though it might be cheaper and easier to just pay the fine.

... "Laws are imperfect and people are imperfect, so occasionally, a commutation of sentence or a pardon might be in order," Bosma said. "It seems to me that (the decision to prosecute) may not be the right direction." ...

An Indiana police officer said he does not know how Dani the deer slipped into the wild before the state could execute her, but he does not think he should be prosecuted in the case. Neither do 60,000 other people who are demanding online that charges be dropped. [see the website]

'Bambigate': Indiana pair rescue deer, get snarled in legal woes February 2, 2013 Indiana, Los Angeles Times
That's right: Bambigate -- the unofficial moniker for the case of an eastern Indiana couple who face misdemeanor “illegal possession of a whitetail deer” charges for keeping a fawn they rescued without a permit. In 2010 ... Republican Gov. Mike Pence ...  the state laws need to be "fairly and impartially enforced," by Friday, the state's natural resources department announced that Pence had asked them to reevaluate the case. After their examination, officials asked prosecutors to drop the charges... [see video below]

DNR to ask for deer charges to be dropped - Feb 1, 2013 WISH


Was DNR right in saved deer case? February 3, 2013 Indiana, IndyStar.com
[see related story below] ...  I consulted my licensed veterinary friend ... He said there could have been some discretion by the officer to go easy on the Councellers, who found the deer when it was a fawn and nursed it back to health, or to drop charges altogether... He referred me to Henry David Thoreau's essay on "civil disobedience." To quote Thoreau:  "Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? ...

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has passed his first big test with flying colors. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Friday that it will ask that charges be dismissed against a Connersville couple charged with the illegal possession of a deer. Jeff and Jennifer Counceller were each charged with the crime, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, after they rescued a wounded deer fawn ...

Some state leaders are talking about altering a law that almost got a Connersville couple thrown in jail for taking in an injured fawn... Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, had similar thoughts.  "Under emergency type situations like what we had here, there may be room to where we can make it OK for them to take in the animal at that time, until a property rehabilitation or rescue organization can be found," ...

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The charges brought against a Connersville couple who rescued an injured deer were officially dropped Friday. Jeff Counceller and his wife, Jennifer, had faced charges of illegally possessing a white-tailed deer ...
     Charges in Dani the deer case to be dropped February 6, 2013 Indiana, Fox 59
Charges against a Connersville couple who took in an injured deer are expected to be dropped Thursday. Prosecutors in Decatur County have received the appropriate paperwork from the Department of Natural Resources and will file a motion to dismiss  ...