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Did this deer have to die? Quebec man says no, cops say yes

A Chelsea man says he was trying to help an injured deer before a run-in with a local police officer left the animal dead and his truck impounded.

Greg Searle was driving on Route 105 and near home when he saw a young deer on the road, seemingly unable to use its hind legs.

“The woman in front of me had hit it, and so I carried it off the road,” he said. “It was kind of kicking and still alive.”

He called his wife Samantha Biron, who arrived with their six-year-old daughter Ashiah in tow. They were on their cell phones trying contact a vet when a police officer arrived on the scene and said the animal had to be put down.

An argument ensued, Searle said, and when Biron refused to get out of the way to let the officer shoot the deer, he threatened to arrest her. She left with Ashiah and the policeman killed the animal.

 An MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais police officer prepares to euthanize a deer injured by a car near Chelsea Monday.

An MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais police officer prepares to euthanize a deer injured by a car near Chelsea Monday.

Searle says on his way home, the same officer pulled him over for having an expired license plate sticker and impounded his vehicle.

“Yeah, sure that’s the law, but I was actually on a country road a couple hundred meters from my house and he could have just let me park it and go get a new sticker for the plate,” he said. “I kind of felt that was a bit vengeful of him, perhaps, even though it was legal.”

The MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais police did not return calls Thursday. In an interview with the Low Down to Hull and Back, the force’s spokesman Martin Fournel said the officer couldn’t legally allow Searle and Biron to drive off with the animal. Fournel told the paper police are empowered to end an animal’s suffering and the constable made a judgment call. Fournel also told the Low Down the impounding of Searles vehicle was simply the officer doing his job.

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