Update: Petition drive to support Knox County woman fighting to save deer she nursed back to health
August 5, 2013 by Martha
MOUNT VERNON-Retired Vet Tech Carol Deyo is featured in a Facebook page, Saving Trooper, for her efforts to keep two wild animals alive. Deyo and boyfriend Andy Black were cutting hay and accidentally ran over a deer and cut one of his back legs. They later named him Trooper. There were men there helping but one could make themselves shoot him as he was gently licking all over everyone. Carol was summoned with a clothes basket and took him in, cleaned him and sutured his wounds with sterilized hair from a horse’s tail. Trooper thrived.
Subsequently, another deer was brought to Deo for help. It was a young fawn they named Patch who had been hit by a car and was having seizures. That deer recovered with Deyo’s help and the 2 deer became buddies.
Someone has reported Deyo to the state authorities for having these two wild animals. They are neutered, vaccinated, have high fencing and, according to the Facebook page, are not hurting anyone. Deyo is in cancer treatment but doctors are concerned that the stress of the deer situation could cause a set back.
KnoxPages.com contacted the Ohio Division of Wildlife for comment. When asked why Deyo cannot keep the two deer customer service assistant Derek Klein said that in Ohio, “Deer are property of the state, they are wild animals.”
You can get involved in Deyo’s fight to keep these animals. A petition drive has begun to not only save Trooper and Patch but 4 raccoons saved by Deyo. To sign the petition click here.