Standing in the doorway of his back yard, 6-year-old Ulises Cervantes watched Tuesday as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife take his pet deer, Florecita.
“A deer is a wild animal, not a pet,” said Janice Mackey, of the Department of Fish & Wildlife.
She, and nearly a dozen others from the department, spent Tuesday afternoon tranquilizing the Cervantes family pet to tie her into their hands.
The family rescued the California Black Tail two years ago when they found her mother lying dead on the road.
“Caring for a wild animal takes years and years of experience. With that in mind, we want the best thing for the animal,” Mackey told FOX40. It is illegal in the state of California to have a deer as a pet.
As the Cervantes family watched from afar, neighbors stood on their property, protesting.
“This doe was hand raised by these people. This is where she needs to be,” neighbor Candace Taylor said.
Representatives from the Department of Fish and Wildlife tell FOX40 they will be taking the deer temporarily. They are unsure yet of the animal’s final destination and would not disclose if the family would be able to visit the deer.
“We’re sorry to do this, but we want what’s best for the deer. It is illegal to have one as a pet, bottom line” Mackey told FOX40.