Officer accused of running over injured fawn

Officer accused of repeatedly running over fawn with police cruiser

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A woman in Lethbridge, Alberta, was horrified to see a police officer repeatedly run over an injured fawn. The horrific incident took place on January 5 and left Erica Pritchard heartsick and shaken. As reported by Global News, a police officer had been called out to Scenic Drive North after a fawn was struck by a car – instead of providing help to the fawn, or putting the young deer down with a gun, the officer used his police cruiser and repeatedly ran over the screaming animal.

Animal cruelty?

The officer used his truck to run over the injured deer – as reported by the news agency, the officer ran over the young deer at least four times, as the fawn “shrieked in pain.” The horror continued for an agonizing 15 minutes. Pritchard stated:

“It made me feel really sick, actually, where we couldn’t watch anymore. We turned up the music a little bit in the truck so we wouldn’t hear the screaming of the deer.”

She added:

A cop shouldn’t be running over deer like this. That is actually animal abuse. Someone should take action on the matter.”

The incident is being investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). Lethbridge police Chief Robert Davis stated:

“After watching the video, I understand the concerns people have and I can assure the community that we take this very seriously. The ASIRT investigation will review the officer’s actions as well as our current policies and procedures for responding to injured animal calls.”

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7 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Maybe the police officers family should see and hear this fawn writhing in pain each time he ran over it. I am sure they would be disgusted with him . Cruel and inhumane treatment of any injured animal. These officers need to be retrained in how to deal with injured animals. Obviously they have none to very little caring about injured wildlife.

  2. Luana Duncan says:

    Even if this police officer had no prior training what he did was unacceptable!!! I hope he is fired!! Poor baby deer! May U RIP!!! No more mean people!!!

  3. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I couldn’t watch the video, I knew it would stick with me forever. I hope the officer gets fired as he doesn’t have enough sense to continue to serve. He needs a menial labor job. RIP baby you didn’t deserve to die like that.

    • Penny Eims says:

      I couldn’t watch it either – just the description of what happened haunts me. I can’t even imagine the pain and fear that poor baby experienced before finally dying. Makes me sick to my stomach.

      • Bunny Peters says:

        I completely agree with you.
        I am sick inside over what that precious little treasure suffered…….

  4. pennysdachshunds says:

    The “officer” didn’t have a gun!!! What an Evil and Stupid SOB this Police Department apparently hired… beyond belief!!!


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