The News Herald (news-herald.com), Serving Northern Ohio
Woman may face charges for killing deer
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Indian Hills development is a verdant neighborhood hidden between the border of Euclid and East Cleveland. It seems more sub-rural than suburban.
Its tribally named roads like Miami, Algonquin and Sagamore are lined with thick foliage, not sidewalks. The land borders on Cleveland Metroparks property and includes an 8-acre working farm.
Residents fought to keep the land green when a factory tried to expand closer to it in 1991, Euclid Councilman Christopher Gruber said. Gruber lives in Indian Hills on Waynoka Road, close to the farm.
Wild turkeys, raccoons, groundhogs and even foxes sometimes wander into the development, he said.
And deer, lots of deer. That's where the Dorothy Richardson's problem started.
Richardson, 75, is a widow who has lived in Indian Hills for more than 10 years. She told neighbors that she had grown tired of the deer eating the flowers that she and her husband had planted, so she bludgeoned a fawn with a shovel on June 15.
Now, she is expected to be charged soon with a count of animal cruelty for killing the deer.
Gruber and two other neighbors filed the police report against her, but this is not the story of contentious neighbors. Gruber said he has mowed Richardson's lawn for the last seven years.
"Dorothy and I have been friends for years. She's a great lady. This is out of character for her," Gruber said.
Richardson has never denied killing the fawn. She told police she did it because she was scared. That story does not coincide with what she initially told neighbors, police said.
Gruber said she had told neighbors, including him, that she was tired of the deer eating her flowers and considered putting the fawn's body on the edge of her property to scare away other deer.
Richardson declined to be interviewed. Instead, she offered the business card of her attorney, Gregory S. Thomas. Thomas did not immediately return calls.
If convicted of animal cruelty, Richardson could be sentenced to as much as six months in jail and fined $1,000.
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