Dani the deer as a young fawn in 2010.
(Connersville, Ind.) – The white-tailed deer controversy dubbed “Bambigate” appears to be coming to an agreeable end.
A Connersville couple was charged with illegal possession of a deer in 2012. Police officer Jeff Counceller and his wife Jennifer, took in the deer when Jeff found it badly injured during a call in 2010.
The named the fawn Dani and kept her for the next two years. Dani had escaped the same day that Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers came to euthanize the deer last June. The Councellers were then hit with the criminal charge.
"We didn't intentionally do wrong," Jennifer Counceller told WISH-TV.
After the creation of a Facebook page, the story began making national headlines. Those following the situation largely threw their support behind the Councellers’ decision to save the Dani’s life.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence asked the DNR to review the case. That resulted in the department requesting the charges be dropped.
On Thursday, Decatur County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Douglas Brown told The Indianapolis Star the charges against the Councellers will be dismissed by the end of the week. He said his office will issue a special prosecutor's report explaining its decision.
The Councellers can breathe a sigh of relief as they were facing up to 60 days in jail, had they been convicted. The couple does not know where Dani is nowadays – they insist they were not responsible for her execution day escape – but do believe she is alive.
"I'm not sorry that she got to live and didn't have to be executed that day, put down. No, I'm not sorry," Jennifer said.
A petition calling for the criminal charges to be dismissed gained more than 100,000 signatures.