Trooper, Patch and Bucky. Their names may be familiar. Afterall, they received much attention once people found out that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) intended to kill the young, tame deer. And people still want to know why this happened.
For those deer didn’t hurt anyone. Trooper and Patch were being cared for by Carol Deyo, a former surgical veterinary technician. Carol took it upon herself to help them, since the State of Ohio does not offer rehabilitation or sanctuary to injured or orphaned wildlife such as deer and raccoons. Trooper’s leg was sliced off in a hay cutting accident, and it was Carol who nursed the young fawn back to health. Even while battling cancer, Carol spent her last days fighting to save the lives of animals the State, through it’s laws, would not rehabilitate or release, but would kill.
Trooper and Patch were spared thanks to the persistence of Carol and all the others who joined in her fight. But Bucky was not so lucky. Last year, Bucky the young tame deer was shot while in a public park in Clarington, Ohio. It took two shots to kill Bucky. All this happened in front of children. All at the order of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Carol Deyo’s legacy lives on through Trooper’s Law, a proposed bill currently in the Ohio State House as HB 267. The proposed bill is sponsored by District 68 Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl.
Under the proposed Trooper’s Law, in Ohio, licensed rehabilitation experts, veterinarians and caretakers would be permitted to provide the appropriate care needed for injured animals such as deer and raccoon. Current ODNR procedure is explained in the Support Trooper’s Law petition as follows: “The hands of our veterinarians have been tied by the government. They are not permitted to treat certain wildlife such as an injured fawns. If a person calls the ODNR for help, they come out and kill the animal. This puts the public in a bad situation. They are being forced to ignore the hurting animal or call ODNR to destroy the animal’s life. That is cruelty.”
In addition, those who care for sick or injured wildlife are often threatened with arrest, jail time and fines.
Trooper’s Law looks to provide protection for all injured wild animals in Ohio including deer and raccoon and/or provisions for domestic or tame animals. Animals the proposal refers to as those “who are unable to be returned to the wild due to tameness or chronic disability and to provide protection for the animal’s caregiver.”
The proposed legislation would allow a person who finds a fawn or other injured or orphaned animal to take them to a licensed, privately-funded sanctuary or rehabilitation facility in the state.
It is noted in the petition: “If someone is willing to take responsibility for an animal’s care, they must be given that opportunity. It is not acceptable or humane for a government state department (or anyone) to murder an animal because he/she is handicapped, imprinted or simply too tame for the wild.” Adding, “These are the animals who either require a lifelong caregiver and/or sanctuary.”
The petition to support Trooper’s Law currently has more than 18,000 signatures. To read about the proposed changes to Ohio law, find contact information of who to call, and to sign the petition, click here.
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