Posted by Nick Dutton - email
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – A Toledo police sergeant and his wife could be arrested Thursday after their act of kindness to a baby deer.
TPD Sergeant Mark Fry came upon an injured, pregnant deer on Arlington Avenue near the University of Toledo Medical Center on May 21.
Fry performed an emergency cesarean section on the deer and saved the fawn's life after he administered CPR.
He and his wife Darla had been caring for the baby buck at their home since the accident.
However, Darla Fry says officers from the Ohio Division of Wildlife told her Wednesday that she and her husband could be heavily fined or even arrested if they don't turn over the deer.
Fry says they cannot find a rescue group to take the baby deer named Norman, so he is staying at a local farm. She refuses to say where the deer is because she says she fears he will be euthanized.
"And he's running around and he's healthy and doing what deer should be doing... He doesn't deserve to die now," said Fry. "This is just crazy to me."
State law prohibits folks from keeping a wild animal. The Division of Wildlife officials say they must uphold the law because of the threat of disease moving among the deer population.
A wildlife manager says that "wild animals do not make good pets. They need to be left in the wild." He also said they have not yet decided about euthanizing the deer.
Darla Fry says the wildlife officers promised to return Thursday.
She says she is willing to be arrested. "I would never ask my husband, because that would be his job. But I feel strongly enough about it that I would."
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