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Internet outrage grows over Indiana officer charged after saving deer

Published on Feb 1, 2013 7:08 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (REUTERS) - 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.

Mr Jeff Counceller and his wife were charged with illegal possession of a wild animal for bringing the injured fawn to their Connersville home more than two years ago. They have said they planned to nurse her back to health and release her.

When the Indiana Department of Natural Resources sent an officer to their property last summer to kill Dani under department rules, she was gone from her pen. The Councellers have said they do not know who left the gate open, but it was not them. Dani has been in the wild since then.

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