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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