Published: Mar 20, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Mar 20, 2012 07:03 PM
CHAPEL HILL - Ken Horne thought he was doing the right thing when he reported an injured deer by the side of the road two weeks ago.
But the next morning when he saw the same deer, its back end bloody and its head bobbing by the side of Jones Ferry Road, he got angry.
It doesnt make any sense to me, the semi-retired law enforcement officer said. Its something so simple to take care of.
Heres what happened:
Horne was driving home Saturday, March 10, when he saw the animal. He said he called the sheriffs office and got a call back a few minutes later from the state wildlife services office. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has one officer assigned to Orange County. He wasnt working, and the caller asked if Horne could kill the animal himself. He said he was no longer at the scene and could not, and he said the caller said they would send someone out.
Horne was so upset to see the mortally wounded doe the next day he wrote a letter to the Chapel Hill News, which appears today.
Carolyn Rickard, a spokeswoman for the Wildlife Resources Commission, said the agency asked the Sheriffs Office for help. Maj. Charles Blackwood, of the Sheriffs Office, said he checked telecommunication records and that 911 sent the Highway Patrol, not the Sheriffs Office.
Sgt Jeff Gordon, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said troopers do euthanize animals and the patrol did get a call at 9:26 p.m. that night, but its not clear the trooper ever found the deer. The call was closed at 10:17 p.m.
Years ago, calls like Hornes were handled by the county. But Animal Services director Bob Marotto says budget cuts make that nearly impossible now.
Its a hard issue, Marotto said. There arent enough resources.
Horne, who got his friend to shoot the animal between the eyes with a .22 shotgun that Sunday, said theres no reason for an animal to suffer like that.
Had I known, I would have put some dirty clothes on to go back and do it myself.