The famous playwright and poet Oscar Wilde famously said, "No good deed goes unpunished." That's exactly how an ArkLaTex woman feels after recently rescuing a baby deer on the side of the road after its mother died. This week, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents learned of the deer at her home and took it away.
"We let him stay in the house. He stayed, when he'd get ready to go out he'd go to the door," explained Charlotte Hubbard. But she wasn't talking about a stray dog she took in and potty trained. She was talking about a fawn, a baby deer that she and her family adopted after its mother was hit and killed by a car back in June near Heflin, Louisiana.
"It would drink its bottle and go, 'nnn, nnn,' you know." (laugh) "As sweet as it could be," smiled Hubbard.
Needless to say the family, including her granddaughter, quickly became attached to the fawn, enough so that they decided to name him John Deer. "He would jump up on me when he wanted his bottle and I'd say okay John. Just a minute and I'll feed you," continued Hubbard.
John Deer seemed the perfect name, especially considering that's also her ex-husband's name. One of the photos she shared with us shows both together inside her house in Heflin recently. Two months would pass. Then came a knock at the door. It was a police officer asking about a criminal case in their neighborhood and he spotted John Deer inside.
Hubbard won't soon forget the visit from the officer. "And he said, 'that's illegal to have a deer.' and I said, 'well, don't tell on me.' I said, 'we're going to put a collar on him and turn him loose.'"
But Hubbard never got the chance. She said that within 20-minutes of the officers visit Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agents were at her door, to take away John Deer. "I asked them and they said they were going to euthanize him. That's kill him."
Hubbard told us she pleaded for the agents to help find John Deer a new home: "Because, we're attached to him. He's a sweet little deer. And, uh, I don't know. They probably already killed him."
Captain Richie McCarthy tells KSLA News 12 that the maximum fine for adopting a wild animal is 350-dollars, along with court costs. On this Friday afternoon, August 28, McCarthy could not confirm whether John Deer, the deer, was still alive.
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