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Dead deer left in Harold Hill resident’s garden for three days after being shot by RSPCA

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 April 2018

A dead deer was left in a Harold Hill resident's garden for three days after being shot by the RSPCA. Photo: Ken Mears

A dead deer was left in a Harold Hill resident's garden for three days after being shot by the RSPCA. Photo: Ken Mears

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The RSPCA put a deer down in Harold Hill but then left it in a resident’s garden for three days.

The RSPCA put a deer down in Harold Hill but then left it in a resident’s garden for three days.

The deer had been severely injured after being hit by two cars.

Janice Watts, of Ashbourne Road said that she was woken up by gun shots on Saturday (April 7) morning.

She got up and saw that a deer had been shot outside her home by an RSPCA worker.

The RSPCA said that it had been called to help the deer after it had been hit by two cars.

According to an RSPCA spokeswoman the kindest course of action in this instance was to put the deer to sleep to prevent it from suffering further.

Janice said that the deer had then been left in her front garden for three days before anyone came to collect it.

She said: “It was extremely distressing.

“It has been traumatic weekend.
“It was just lying there in my front garden - I rang the RSPCA and they said that it was the councils (Havering Council) responsibility to move the deer.

“I then rang the council and was told that if it wasn’t on the road or blocking anything then they wouldn’t remove it.”

“There are lots of them in the area, they all come from the manor on Dagnam Park Drive.

“It’s just a horrific thing to hear and to wake up to.

“I didn’t want to leave the house all weekend, it was just awful.”

The 54-year-old said that she then contacted the RSPCA again to complain that they had just left the deer after shooting it, and eventually at around 1pm yesterday (Monday, April 9) someone from the council came to collect it from her front garden.

A spokeswoman from the RSPCA said: “We were called to help a severely injured deer in Harold Hill early on Saturday morning (07 April) after he had been hit by two cars.

“The deer was collapsed and suffering from the severe injuries and stress caused by the collisions. Sadly the kindest course of action in this instance was to put the deer to sleep to prevent him from suffering further. Deer are vulnerable animals that can become easily stressed and this has a huge impact on their health and well being.

“While we sympathise that seeing a dead animal is always very upsetting, we contacted the local council and asked them to collect the deer from the side of the road as this is the responsibility of the local authorities.”

A spokesman from the council said: “Our policy is to remove dead animals from the public highway, but on three unusual occasions we have removed large animals from residents’ properties, as we have this time when it was reported to us.”

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