The Department of Natural Resources has announced that today they will ask that the charges be dismissed against a Connersville, Indiana couple for "illegal taking of a deer".
After reviewing the matter, Gov. Mike Pence asked the DNR to reevaluate the case. As a result of the governor's request, the DNR has re-examined the case and is seeking dismissal of the charges.
The case involves a Connersville couple – Jeff and Jennifer Counceller – who took in an injured fawn in 2010.
The couple was told at that time by an Indiana Conservation Officer from the DNR that it is illegal to possess a wild animal without a permit and the best option was to return the fawn to a wooded location.
They did not, and last summer they were found to still have the deer but no DNR permit authorizing them to possess it.
That was when the case was turned over to the Fayette County prosecutor, and the couple was charged.
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