PUBLISHED: 11:16 EST, 2 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 EST, 2 August 2013
Government agents swarmed an animal shelter and killed a baby deer named Giggles as Wisconsin law forbids keeping wildlife without the right permit.
WISN 12 News reported on a military-style operation in July where nine officers from the Department of Natural Resources and four deputy sheriffs stormed the barn at the Society of St. Francis on the Illinois border.
Angry Cindy Schulze, the shelter’s president, is planning legal action and questioned whether the raid was a good use of government resources.
She accused authorities of going ‘way over the top for a little, tiny, baby deer.’
Danger: Giggles the baby deer was euthanized in July when government agents stormed an animal shelter
Alone: The fawn was brought to the facility by a family concerned that she had been abandoned by her mother
‘It was like a SWAT team,’ shelter employee Ray Schulze said. When he asked the officers why they had killed the fawn they told him it was down to policy. ‘That’s one hell of a policy,’ the man replied.
The agents, heavily armed and with a search warrant, euthanized the baby deer which was scheduled to move to a proper wildlife facility the following day.
The animal was brought to the shelter by a family concerned that it had been abandoned by its mother.
Staff at the facility named the animal Giggles because, as Mr Schulze explained: ‘When it made a little noise, it sounded like it was laughing.’
Scene: 15 officers descended on the Society of St Francis no-kill animal shelter in Wisconsin and euthanized the baby deer
Fear: ‘It was like a SWAT team,’ shelter employee Ray Schulze said of the raid
Giggles stayed at the facility for two weeks, during which time the DNR received two anonymous phone calls reporting that the fawn was staying there against regulations.
According to WISN 12, the authorities arrived with detailed information about where they could observe the baby deer at the farm, including aerial photos.
The agents then corralled the staff and went in search of the animal, returning minutes later with the apparently lifeless fawn. The DNR maintain that they tranquilized the deer and killed it off-site.
Jennifer Niemeyer, a DNR spokeswoman, told WISN 12 that she was empathetic to a difficult situation but that the department euthanized wild animals due to their potential for disease and danger to humans.
Reaction: Cindy Schulze, the shelter’s president, questioned whether the raid was a good use of government resources and accused authorities of going ‘way over the top for a little, tiny, baby deer.’
She plans legal proceedings against the department for killing the animal without any warning, a phone call or court hearing.
When WISN asked Niemeyer why the agents hadn’t rang ahead before the raid, the spokeswoman compared the action to a drug operation.
‘If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,’ she said.
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