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They killed Bambi! 15 armed agents storm animal shelter to euthanize baby deer called Giggles because of local law that forbids keeping wildlife

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By  Daily Mail Reporter

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

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 motherAlone: 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 deerScene: 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 raidFear: ‘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.'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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