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Fawn illegally shot at Wild Heart Ranch Sanctuary

November 23, 2011

 From Fox23.com

The owners of the Claremore Animal Sanctuary told FOX23, they don't believe this was an accident.

Annette Tucker’s heart is at the wild heart ranch. However, it's been wounded since a fawn was gunned down on her property.

It was shot three times in the heart and twice in the rear. "When I saw the fawn and turned her over and I realized she was full of bullet holes. I was so angry. It was overwhelming."

Tucker has taken in 30 fawns this year, that is the most she has ever adopted in 16 years.

The useless killing is even attracting national attention.

"Somebody went over and physically hopped into the property and shot this animal not once, not two or three times but five times. That's not an accident,” said Ned Bruha, the Vice President of Skunk Whisperer.

The show appears on Animal Planet. Tucker believes her appearance on that show is one of the reasons she was targeted.

"We're trying to teach consumers that there's ways to deal with wildlife without trapping, killing and maiming them,” said Tucker. “I’m sure a lot of people who profit off the death and trapping of wild animals are pretty upset with me now."

The ranch is facing a problem where they have to install cameras now just to keep the animals safe.

Tucker said they need the community's help to install the computer software and cameras.

If you would like to donate, go to wildheartranch.org or you can reach Tucker at (918) 342-9453.

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