Many thanks to Chicago Tribune’s John Kass for reporting this story.
The worst Christmas story ever takes place in Wisconsin, starring Charlotte, the deer who thinks she’s a horse.
She runs with the horses. She teases them and tries to get them to chase her. She jumps one way, front legs stiff, tail up, then cuts the other way, taunting.
We met the other day, at a little farm in Lake Geneva, with rescued horses in a field. Charlotte looked at me for a long while.
Then she trotted over. She nibbled my jacket. She nuzzled my arm.
Now the state of Wisconsin wants to kill her, right before Christmas. There’s a hearing scheduled for next Wednesday. And the Walworth County district attorney’s office is threatening the man who rescued her, Marvin Graaf, 49, with up to eight months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
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Recent WTMJ Newsradio reports that Walworth County Assistant District Attorney Haley Rea ((262) 741-7198) says they are close to finding a wildlife sanctuary for the deer to be placed.