AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - The Amsterdam
Police and Fire Departments, along with a local Wildlife Rehabilitator, were involved in the rescue of a young deer that had
gotten hung by the leg while trying to jump a wrought iron fence on upper Market
Street in Amsterdam.
A New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator, Sarah McDaniel-Austin of Johnstown,
arrived on the scene Sunday morning to find a buck, approximately 2-years-old impaled on the
fence by his hind leg.
The animal was sedated and with the help of police and
fire fighters removed from the fence. The deer was then transported to McDaniel-Austin's home and where he is being treated.
Due to extensive damage the leg had to be amputated. But he is recovering nicely otherwise, police say.
McDaniel-Austin says that in honor of the Amsterdam Police Department's humane
response, she has named the deer "Hyde" after fallen Amsterdam Police officer
Joseph Hyde, who while chasing a burglary suspect, was wounded in
the elbow and later succumbed to his wounds.
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