Drop the Fines Against Animal Rescuers
  • Petitioned Col. George F. Johnson

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Chief of the Maryland Natural Resources Police
Col. George F. Johnson

Drop the Fines Against Animal Rescuers

    1. Charles Davis
    2. Petition by

      Charles Davis

      San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

When James Hart and Khalilalim Abusakran saw a deer trapped in a frozen river outside Baltimore, they tried to do the right thing by freeing it – and they succeeded. But when they got to land, police officers with the Maryland Natural Resources Department were waiting for them with citations in hand. The reward for the rescue? Two $90 fines.

“We seen the deer going under,” Abusakran told the local media. “It couldn’t maintain. It was starting to freeze, and it was really getting bad.” So he and Hart decided to go out to it and free it from the ice it was stuck in. “We had oars and shovels to break the ice, for the deer to get out.”

But they didn't have life vests, as they were reminded by police officers bravely waiting onshore. Hart and Abusakran say they plan on fighting the citations in court.

They shouldn't have to, though. Colonel George F. Johnson, head of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, ought to have the tickets – which don't even list an actual offense, just the $90 fine – dismissed. Good Samaritans deserve commendations, not citations.

Photo Credit: jon

 

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    1. Good Samaritans Slapped With Fine for Saving Deer From Freezing River

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A 911 call brought a Maryland Natural Resources police officer and a Baltimore County fire crew to the Patapsco River, where a deer was trapped in the ice. But while they were standing around and trying to decide whether to attempt a rescue, the deer...

    2. The Reward for Rescuing a Suffering Animal? A $90 Fine

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      When James Hart and Khalilalim Abusakran saw a deer trapped in a frozen river outside Baltimore, they tried to do the right thing by freeing it – and they succeeded. But when they got to land, police officers with the Maryland Natural Resources...

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    • Spirit man SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Your Honor , Court , Judge and Col. Johnson- I have a Diploma in Wildlife conservation and Forestry- with all due respect- this is a no brainer---Just send me the bill and I will pay for them- There are God fearing people still ! These 2 people are heroes!- Go BAMBI!

      PO Bx 30801, St Barbara, CA 93130

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