Cop Refused To Let Family Save Injured Fawn; Instead Threatened Arrest, Shot Deer, And Impounded Their VehiclePolice State USA
Sep. 15, 2013
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CHELSEA, QUEBEC — A man driving down the road discovered a baby deer that had been hit by a vehicle; immobilized yet showing no visible wounds. As he and his family attempted to assist it, they were stopped by a police officer, who not only adamantly refused to allow them to take it to a veterinarian, but threatened them with arrest, shot the fawn, and impounded their vehicle.
(Source: Greg Searle / Facebook)
On Monday, September 9, Greg Searle drove down Route 105 near their home in Chelsea, Quebec, when he discovered a “freshly hit” deer fawn. Searle said he carried it to the shoulder of the road, calmed it down, and examined it for injuries. It had some scratches but did not have visible wounds, and would or could not use its back legs. Searle wanted to get the deer checked out to see if it had internal injuries. It was obvious to him that the deer was not going to die anytime soon. He requested his family join him at the scene, which they soon did. Searle and the female driver who hit the deer made phone calls to locate a shelter or an agency who would examine and possibly care for the fawn.
That’s when, Searl says, Officer Roy showed up, and immediately began insisting it was his job to shoot the deer. Searle and his family debated with him that the deer may not be dying, and offered to voluntarily take the deer to get treated. Their pleas fell on deaf ears. The officer was insistent that he kill the deer immediately, even though they had located a vet who would look at the deer.
“You need to move aside so I can end its suffering,” the officer told the group. Searle describes the situation in a post made on facebook:
Officer Roy wouldn't have any of it, and at this point he moved over the deer and asked us to back away. Samantha stood over the baby deer and told him he was making the wrong decision. "Even if it's your job to end it's suffering", she said, "you have the discretion to give us some time to try to find someone qualified to help it first. I worked as a civilian with the police for two years, and did plenty of ride-alongs, and I know other cops who wouldn't rush this."“I couldn't help but feel that Officer Roy was punishing my little family for standing up to him over the life of a hurt little deer,” wrote Searle, questioning why the officer was so fervent about killing the deer, disregarding his chance to build a relationship with members of the community.