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State wildlife officials want to kill woman's rescued deer

Baby's life is at risk
Baby's life is at risk
Screen shot via Fox 8

According to Wednesday's Fox 8 News, wildlife officials in Ohio want to seize and euthanize a deer who was rescued by a Vermilion woman five years ago.

Deborah Parker, director of St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, rescued "Baby," when she was a newborn fawn. Baby was abandoned by her mother and caring for her has fallen on Parker's shoulders since the day that she was found.

Today, Baby's peaceful life on Parker's 30-acre sanctuary is at risk; earlier this week, a wildlife official informed Parker that the deer has to be surrendered, and then put down.

“He said that if I turn her over to them, I won’t be charged with anything and if I don’t turn her over, then they take it to court and I have to pay the costs and then she’ll be euthanized anyway. There was no options,”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which considers the deer to be a wild animal, sent FOX 8 a statement the demand to put Baby down:

“Tame deer could also pose a threat of disease transmission to the wild deer herd, humans and pets if released into the wild. For these reasons, unfortunately euthanasia is the best option.”

In the summer of 2013, the killing of a fawn named "Giggles," by state Department of Natural Resources in Kenosha, Wis., created an uproar. Agents were tipped off that Giggles was living at the no-kill animal shelter, Society of St. Francis, and multiple agents raided the property and killed her. DNR officials in that case also cited disease transmission as the reason for the fawn's killing.

Right now, the Facebook page "In Defense of Animals," is asking for Ohio residents to phone Governor Kasich at 614-466-3555 to ask that Baby's life be spared.

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