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Girl who befriended deer saddened by its demise

SOUTH MILFORD, Ind. (WPTA21) – A northeast Indiana girl who tended to a docile deer is troubled by the decision to put that animal down.

On Friday, after ABC21 reported that a DNR officer had killed the animal, Ava, the 11-year-old from South Milford, shared that she first encountered the deer two years ago and began calling her “Daisy Mae.”

She said the fawn was wobbling and seemed to be lone, in need of care.

Ava provided assistance and developed a close relationship with the animal, which did not show any fear of human beings.

Earlier this week, state officials received reports of a deer approaching people. A responding officer put down the animal.

“I”ll never get to see her again, and I know Daisy Mae will be gone and she will always be in my heart and some day I will be able to see her when it’s my time,” she said. “I wanted to be there when she was ready to go, but I wasn’t there with her and I wasn’t there to comfort her.

“I wasn’t there when she really needed me.”

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it is against the law to take an animal out of the wild and raise it without a permit.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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