This is near my city.
Woman Accused in Fawn's Death
An elderly woman says she was defending herself when she hit a 25-pound deer with a shovel. WKYC reports.
Even at 76, Dorothy Richardson defends her property from the destruction of deer. "My husband died ten years ago and I been keeping, I keep this house together." For the first time, though, she is accused of going too far.
Reporter: "This is the shovel you used, right here."
Mrs. Richardson: "I just tapped him, a little bit."
Reporter: "Okay, it's just a regular dirt shovel."
Mrs. Richardson: "Just a little tap."
Reporter: "And you wanted... show me."
Mrs. Richardson: "I just did like this. Tap. Just a tap."
Richardson says she was defending herself when she beat to death a fawn, crouched in her flower bed.
Mrs. Richardson: "His eyes contacted my eyes, like he's going wild. And when is he going to jump, and bite my head off?"
Reporter: "Do you really think you are in danger with a fawn?"
Mrs. Richardson: "Absolutely. Absolutely."
Neighbor: "I bet it was 25 pounds, less than two feet tall."
Longtime neighbor and Euclid councilman Christopher Gruber says Dorothy told him something entirely different.
Neighbor: "She hit it once and according to her, it squealed. She hit it two more times, and she says what I wanted to do is put the deer at the edge of the yard so the other deers know not to mess with me."
Instead, she stuffed it in a cardboard box, dragged it to the curb, on trash day.
Neighbor: "It just put a stake in my heart."
Councilman and constituent are no longer on speaking terms.
Mrs. Richardson: "I give. I'm a giving person. I'm a loving person. And this action have upset me to the most."
Gruber is now a witness in the animal abuse case against Richardson.
Note the video's URL is named "elderly fawn killer".