Thirteen Agents 'Armed To The Teeth' Raid No-Kill Animal Shelter & Kill Rescued Baby Deer One Day Before It Was To Be Transferred To Wildlife Reserve (InformationLiberation)
Friday August 2nd, 2013
Nine Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources agents and four sheriff's deputies "armed to the teeth" raided a no-kill animal shelter and euthanized a rehabilitated baby deer one day before it was scheduled to be transferred to a wildlife reserve in Illinois, WISN reports.
The police staked out the Society of St. Francis animal shelter after receiving two anonymous tips the baby deer was being housed at the shelter "without a permit."
The police took aerial surveillance photos of the shelter and organized an armed raid, with a warrant, on the shelter after they spotted the deer on the premises.
The officers say they tranquilized the deer after capturing it and then euthanized it in accordance with their "policy."
Ray Schulze, who worked at the shelter, was outraged and cried when he saw little baby deer "Giggles," named such because she made noises which sounded like laughter, being dragged out in a "body bag."
Giggles was scheduled to be moved to a wildlife reserve in Illinois the next day, Ray said.
When asked why they didn't bother to simply give the shelter a phone call rather than organize a costly huge armed raid on the facility, Department of Natural Resources Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer responded that they wouldn't give prior alert in a "drug bust," so why should they have tipped anyone off to their raid for a deer?
"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," Niemeyer said.
This was not a drug bust, this was a raid for a baby deer. This was not an armed compound but a no-kill animal shelter. This was an outrageously disproportionate and entirely unnecessary show of force, unfortunately poor baby "Giggles" paid for it with her life.
Cindy Schultz, the president of the shelter, said she intends to file suit against the DNR over the raid, which was performed "without even a court hearing," she says it was "way over the top for a little tiny baby deer."
Watch the video report courtesy of WISN:
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