Euclid woman charged with beating fawn to death
Posted By: Kim Wendel
Updated: 7/8/2009 2:30:09 PM Posted: 7/7/2009 7:09:52 PM
EUCLID -- Resident Dorothy Richardson, 76, said she was defending herself when she beat to death a 25-pound fawn that was crouched in her flower bed, then stuffed the fawn's body in a cardboard box and put it out on trash day.
A widow, she said she has been defending her garden against deer for years and this time took a shovel and beat the fawn until it died.
She said the fawn's eyes contacted hers, like he was going to jump and bite her head off.
Euclid City Councilman Christopher Gruber says Richardson told him something different.
Gruber says Richardson said she hit it once and, according to her, it screamed and she hit it two more times, then she said that what she wanted to do was put it at the end of the yard so the other deer know not to mess with her.
Gruber is now a witness in the animal abuse case against Richardson. If convicted, she faces up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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