Decatur County Prosecutor's Office plans to drop charges soon in case of deer nursed back to health

Governor, DNR recommend dismissal

INDIANAPOLIS - The Decatur County Prosecutor's Office plans to drop charges this week against a couple who nursed an injured baby deer back to health.

Connersville police officer Jeff Counceller and his wife, Jennifer, were charged this month with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, after they found an injured deer in 2010 and nursed it back to health.

Following public outrage, Gov. Mike Pence asked the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to reevaluate the case, and the agency recommended charges be dismissed.

Decatur County Deputy Prosecutor Doug Brown told RTV6 that he plans to dismiss the charges Thursday or Friday morning.

The DNR said it hopes to use the case as a teaching moment to let Hoosiers know the law prohibits ownership of wild animals for many reasons, among them the chance they will transmit diseases and parasites to humans.

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