(NY Daily News)
An Indiana couple who spent two years nursing an injured fawn back to health now face jail time for the act of human kindness.
State officials charged Jeff and Jennifer Counceller with unlawful possession of a deer — a misdemeanor crime that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, according to The Indianapolis Star.
The potential punishment has sparked an online outcry to have the charges dropped against the Connersville couple: A petition on Change.org had more than 11,000 names Tuesday, while a Facebook page received more than 13,000 “likes.”
The petition’s founder, John Waudby, said he’s also raised $1,000 to pay for any fines the couple might be forced to pay.
“I’ve got their backs on every angle,” Waudby told the Daily News on Tuesday. “It’s not like these people are criminals — they’re good people.”
Waudby hopes the petition will pressure Indiana legislators to get the charges dropped and also target the law itself.
The Councellers couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday, but have previously said the plight of the white-tailed deer — nicknamed Little Orphan Dani — drastically changed their lives.
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