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Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife
  • Petitioned Prosecuting Attorneys Council

This petition was delivered to:

Prosecuting Attorneys Council
Decatur County Prosecutor
Brian Clark
Director, Indiana Conservation Office
Scotty Wilson
Department Natural Services
Lt William Browne
Conservation Officer-Law Enforcement-Dist 9 HQ
Travis Wooley
Indiana Governor
Indiana State Senate
Indiana State House

Brian A Clark: Drop Charges against Connersville Police Officer and his wife

    1. John Waudby
    2. Petition by

      John Waudby

      Greenwood, IN

  1.  
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February 2013

Victory

After more than 150,000 people signed John Waudby's petition, criminal charges against Jeff and Jennifer Councellor have been dropped!

“Thank you so much to those who have supported us and showed love and compassion for us…and for Dani, for she is the real winner in the end!” said Jennifer Councellor. “Your kind words have helped us stay strong.”

The county prosecutor had filed charges against the couple for not having a permit to keep a deer they had rescued with serious injuries -- even though the Councellors had tried several times to find a home for it and obtain a permit for it from the Department of Natural Resources.

When John heard about the Councellors in the news, he started a petition on Change.org calling on the prosecutor to drop criminal charges against the Councellors. Within just a few days, an overwhelming number of people had signed it, contributing to the charges being dropped.

Jeff and Jennifer Counceller thought were doing the right thing when they saved the life of an injured baby deer they found near their home in Indiana. But because they didn't have a permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is prosecuting them and they could face up to 60 days in prison. The DNR should drop these charges now.

When they found the fawn on a neighbor’s porch in 2010, she was badly injured with puncture wounds that were infected and had maggots in them. Jennifer, a registered nurse and wound caretaker for the couple’s dogs and horses took the deer home and named it Dani and began nursing the deer back to health.

When they called the DNR they were told to return the deer to the wild and let nature take it’s course. That would have been a death sentence for the deer. Instead, they tried to find Dani a home at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take her. The Counceller's decided to keep caring for the deer until it was strong enough to make it on it’s own in the wild.

This past summer the DNR started an investigation into the situation and a DNR official recommended they get a permit to rehabilitate Dani.  The DNR then denied the permit application and then said the deer would have to killed.

Just before DNR officials arrived at the Counceller's house to kill Dani she escaped through a gate that was left open. Now, the DNR has assigned a special prosecutor to the case and they're charging both Jeff and Jennifer with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer.  

Jeff is a police officer and Jennifer is a nurse - these are good people who were just trying to the right thing by saving an injured animal. They don't deserve to go to jail and the DNR should drop all charges against them.

We're asking that you sign the petition and also join the fight on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/connersvillecharges

To:
Prosecuting Attorneys Council
Brian Clark, Decatur County Prosecutor
Scotty Wilson, Director, Indiana Conservation Office
Lt William Browne, Department Natural Services
Travis Wooley, Conservation Officer-Law Enforcement-Dist 9 HQ
Indiana Governor
Indiana State Senate
Indiana State House
We are demanding that you and the prosecuting attorney from Decatur county drop the charges against the Connersville Police Officer and his wife. The were helping a sick and dying deer. The deer would have died if they didn't help and the DNR simply wanted to kill it.

Do the right thing and drop the charges!!!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Kim King responds:

      Kim King

      Thank you for forwarding a blanket, on-line petition to me.
      I always learn more from an e-mail written in your own words, sharing your own thoughts.
      Please stay in touch.
      I'm working hard for you, and your family; I hope you reap the b...


    2. Decision-maker Mark Stoops responds:

      Mark Stoops

      Thank you for contacting my office regarding the situation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) involving the white-tailed deer in Connersville.

      I agree with you that punishing well-meaning citizens doesn’t make sens...


    3. Decision-maker Vi Simpson responds:

      Vi Simpson

      Thank you for contacting my office regarding the situation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) involving the white-tailed deer in Connersville.

      I agree with you that punishing well-meaning citizens doesn’t make sens...


    4. Decision-maker Mark Keam responds:

      Mark Keam

      Thank you for contacting Delegate Mark Keam to express your support for the Councellor family and opposition to the charges against them. As is reported below, the charges against the Councellors were dropped as of Feb. 8, 2013. You can...


    5. Decision-maker Linda Harper-Brown responds:

      Linda Harper-Brown

      Dear Constituents:

      Thank you reaching out to my office on this important issue. I will be sure to keep your valuable thoughts and opinions in mind shoud this issue present itself on the House floor.

      It is an honor to serve you in th...


    6. Decision-maker Christopher Larson responds:

      Christopher Larson

      February 14, 2013

      Dear Neighbor:

      Thank you for contacting me via a petition on Change.org with your concerns regarding current wildlife rehabilitation regulations and the saga of an injured fawn in Indiana. I appreciate hearing yo...


    7. Decision-maker Joan Millman responds:

      Joan Millman

      I am writing in response to your correspondence concerning the charges against Jeff and Jennifer Counceller who nursed a deer back to health.

      You will be pleased to know that the charges against this couple have been dropped. Gover...


    8. Decision-maker Joan Millman responds:

      Joan Millman

      I am writing in response to your correspondence concerning the charges against Jeff and Jennifer Counceller who nursed a deer back to health.

      You will be pleased to know that the charges against this couple have been dropped. Governo...


    9. Decision-maker Joan Millman responds:

      Joan Millman

      I am writing in response to your correspondence concerning the charges against Jeff and Jennifer Counceller who nursed a deer back to health.

      You will be pleased to know that the charges against this couple have been dropped. Governor ...


    10. Decision-maker Joan Millman responds:

      Joan Millman

      I am writing in response to your correspondence concerning the charges against Jeff and Jennifer Counceller who nursed a deer back to health.

      You will be pleased to know that the charges against this couple have been dropped. Governo...


    11. Decision-maker Gregg Amore responds:

      Gregg Amore

      Please let common sense prevail.


    12. Decision-maker Richard Young responds:

      Richard Young

      Thank you for contacting my office regarding the situation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources involving the white-tailed deer in Connersville.
      Due to pending court litigation, I, as a State Senator cannot affect the outcome...


    13. Decision-maker Peter Ueng responds:

      Peter Ueng

      and the government wonders why everyone hates them. Use some invidual discretion please.


    14. Decision-maker Richard Scott responds:

      Richard Scott

      Drop the charges against Jeff and Jennifer already. What if it had been a dog? Or a cat... whether it's a deer (wildlife) or a pet, the animal needed caring and he got it. Don't make our country the butt of jokes! Let common sense prevail.


    15. Reached 150,000 signatures
    16. Decision-maker James McLaughlin responds:

      James McLaughlin

      Since when is showing compassion to an injured animal and trying to bring it back to health a crime


    17. Decision-maker Chris Harker responds:

      Chris Harker

      I am an Oregon State Representative and have no authority to intervene on matters related to Indiana.


    18. Decision-maker Doug Miller responds:

      Doug Miller

      Thank you for your continued input on this very interesting case. I am listening and encourage my constituents to share their thoughts with the Indiana Legislature too. --Doug Miller


    19. Decision-maker John Ellison responds:

      John Ellison

      DNR is the ones who needed to be Prosecuted. and the tax payers are funding this orogram?


    20. Decision-maker Doug Miller responds:

      Doug Miller

      I appreciate you contacting my Capitol office regarding the case of the injured deer. It is good that you are engaged on matters of legislative importance. I encourage you to share your position with the Indiana legislature as well. --Dou...


    21. Reached 100,000 signatures
    22. Decision-maker Anna Crook responds:

      Anna Crook

      Do not punish individuals who are trying to do the right thing.


    23. Decision-maker Irene Aguilar responds:

      Irene Aguilar

      Thank you for your political engagement and activism. As a Colorado legislator I have no jurisdiction in this issue. I hope your petition is successful.

      Senator Aguilar


    24. Decision-maker Sharon Treat responds:

      Sharon Treat

      Thanks for bringing these issues to my attention. This situation is in Indiana, and as a Maine legislator I have no authority to oversee it. However I appreciate the information and will certainly keep an eye on whether any similar situa...


    25. Reached 75,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cindy Farley THORSBY, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      This is totally disgusting and an embarrassment to our country.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • lisa endress CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      Because this is ridiculous!!!!! I really can not believe they are charging these people with a crime for helping a injured animal!!!!! It does not matter what kind of animal!!!!! This is soooooo not right!!!!!! Damn! They need to be out finding and charging those horriable people who hurt animals and children not people trying to help!!!!!!!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Mary VasiliadisMaryV STROUDSBURG, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      They did it from the goodness of their heart

      Not too many people in the world are like that most people don't

      Mary

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    • Trista Engelhardt GAINESVILLE, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      If we don't care for the earth & all its creatures, we won't have planet to live on! Isn't that what your Department is for? The care of Earth's Natural Resources.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Kimber Williams GARDEN GROVE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because people shouldn't be penalized or punished for doing what they (and others) believe to be the right thing.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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