|Jeff and Jennifer Counceller|
(Scroll down for video) In a shocking turn of events, a couple is being punished for saving an injured deer.
Jeff and Jennifer Counceller of Connersville, Indiana, found a wounded deer.
They had compassion on the suffering animal. They took it home and nursed it back to health.
The Councellers took care of the deer for almost two years. They named the deer Little Orphan Dani.
One day, a conservation officer of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources arrived at their home and asked about the deer, as it is against Indiana law to own a wild animal.
After telling the officer how they rescued the deer, they were told by the officer that the state wanted to euthanize the deer. The reason: “the deer could be a danger to people.”
"I was devastated,” Jennifer said. “We spent almost two years raising it to the point where it can go out and live on its own," she added.
Ironically, on the day the deer was scheduled to be euthanized, the Councellers said that the deer ran away from their home.
The Councellers were charged with illegal possession of a deer, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and/or $2,000 in fines.
"No matter what the law, we did what was right for the animal," Counceller said. While they face the court system, they feel good that they saved a deer that is now healthy and running free.