October 30, 2014

Medina
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UPDATE: Injured deer apparently makes way back into woods

A doe lies in a yard on Congress Road in Spencer Township with a fractured hind leg Tuesday afternoon. Ohio Division of Wildlife officials said they are giving the animal a day to regain the strength to stand; if not, they will euthanize it. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A doe lies in a yard on Congress Road in Spencer Township with a fractured hind leg Tuesday afternoon. Ohio Division of Wildlife officials said they are giving the animal a day to regain the strength to stand; if not, they will euthanize it. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

SPENCER TWP. — An injured doe found in the yard of a Spencer Township family apparently has made its way back into the woods.

Caren O’Farley found the doe under a tree in the yard of her Congress Road home Tuesday morning. The deer had a broken hind leg.

O’Farley said she contacted Spencer police, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the county Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, but none of those agencies could help either rehabilitate or euthanize the animal.

The SPCA put her in contact with the Ohio Division of Wildlife whose representatives asked her to wait a day to see if the animal moved on its own. If not, someone would come out and euthanize it.

O’Farley said the deer was still in her yard but it had moved, so she held off on calling the wildlife office.

On Thursday, O’Farley said the animal was gone. She said there was no sign of blood or any animal dragging the deer away, just a set of hoof-prints leading into the woods.

“We’re just assuming it went back into the woods,” she said. “I guess miracles do happen.”

She said she felt frustrated initially Tuesday when the injured animal appeared to be suffering and no one was able to euthanize it.

Now, she said, she understands the decision to ask her to wait a day to see if the animal would recover.

“I’m glad for their response,” she said.