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State Officials Let Mt. Vernon Woman Keep 3-Legged Deer
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (Ken Hines) -- A central Ohio woman is celebrating a decision that allows her to keep a three-legged deer she rescued and nursed back to health, along with three other wild animals under her care.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) signed an agreement with Carol Deyo on Monday that allows the woman to maintain possession of two deer and two raccoons currently housed on her property.
The agreement marked the end of an effort by the ODNR and Mount Vernon city officials to remove the animals from Deyo's care.
Among the animals that will remain on Deyo's property is Trigger, a deer that lost a leg in a lawnmower accident, but has flourished under Deyo's watchful eye.
Deyo rescued all four wild animals who now live on her property.
Deyo's supporters gathered signatures on petitions that were scheduled to be transported to Governor John Kasich's office on Tuesday, an event made unnecessary by Monday's agreement.