The petition reads, “Two years ago, a mother deer was killed on the highway. Her newborn baby was picked up by Jodi Proger. She nursed him and saved his life. Wheezer has been a part of Jodi’s life since that day. He is no longer a wild animal and cannot be returned to the wild. On Tuesday, August 27, 2015, the ODNR showed up at Jodi’s house. They want to kill Wheezer. This deer is harmless and he is a pet now.”
The petition continues with, “People can own captive deer for breeding. People can fence them in and hunt them. There is no logical reason why an orphaned or injured deer cannot be rescued and provided with sanctuary care. Wheezer need not lose his life! Ohio HB 267 has been introduced, but it has not been assigned to a committee. This bill will once again allow sanctuary care for orphaned and injured deer in Ohio.”
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