Okotoks woman says she has been begging for help for injured deer since July
An Okotoks woman says she can no longer handle watching an injured deer in pain as winter approaches after trying for months to get help for the animal but to no avail.
Rebecca Vetter says the deer has been hobbling on and near her property almost daily since July.
Photographs Vetter sent to Global News appear to show the animal with a broken and very swollen front right foot.
The woman said she has taken to Facebook to have something done about the deer and contacted multiple agencies for months to request help. She said in addition to the more than a dozen calls she’s made herself, neighbours have made calls as well.
On Monday, Vetter said she sent an email to Alberta’s Environment and Parks minister about her concerns.
“This animal is dying a slow and very painful death, her foot is hanging by crushed bone and is an open wound, she can only barely walk and the foot buckles under her like a sponge, she cannot run or forage for food and she’s been like this for months now,” her email read in part. “She needs to be euthanized immediately as it has only gotten worse for her and now it is affecting my mental and emotional health as well. Imagine looking out your porch every evening to watch her struggle up the lawn to come clean up the small amount of bird seed she finds then painfully tries to lay down on my lawn for a rest.”
Vetter sent Global News a response she said she received from Environment Minister Shannon Phillips’ office Monday afternoon, which appears to show the message has been passed on to the Solicitor General’s office.
When Global News spoke with Vetter Monday night, she said the deer was on her front lawn sleeping as it often does.
Global News attempted to reach a number of the agencies Vetter said she contacted, however, most were closed for the evening.
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