D'OE!: Animal control officers, firemen buck up to rescue deer from concrete pit

From Staff Reports

July 31, 2008 -While its not unusual for city firemen and animal control officers to be called for animal rescues, Wednesday afternoon's save was anything but usual for the Sulphur Springs crews.

It all started at about 3:30 p.m. when Sulphur Springs firefighters received a call from a young lady requesting assistance with a trapped deer. She said she'd been shown a deer trapped in "one of the concrete pits" at the edge of the wilderness in the old landfill at what used to be the city water plant on "old dump road," located just east of North Jackson Street.

She said she'd called five other agencies and been referred to the fire department. Firefighters contacted the game warden, who normally would handle wild game animal issues, but he was out of the state. Next they called the city's two animal control officers.

When city Fire Chief Gerry Cleaver, Capt. Charlie Vaughn and rescue specialist Duane Sprague arrived along with animal control officers Ted Matlock and Denise Stinson, true to the woman's account, they found a deer trapped in a concrete pit.

A rope was used to snare the deer, then Matlock hoisted the skittish animal out of the pit. The deer was released back to the wild at 4:45 p.m. and, aside from being frightened from the ordeal, appeared to be otherwise unhurt, according to Cleaver.

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