Beating Bambi: Ohio Woman Sentenced For Beating Fawn To Death With Shovel

urlDorothy Richardson, 76, has been sentenced to 80 hours of community service after being arrested for beating a baby deer to death in her garden in Euclid, Ohio — just outside of Cleveland. She will also pay a $500 fine and have to watch the movie Bambi 1000 times (OK, just the community service and the fine).

260px-Bambi-thumper-adultShe pleaded to one count of animal cruelty in exchange for dropping the other count. She will now have to deal with Thumper and a couple of friends who have ideas about the next planting in the garden.

Richardson said that the fawn scared her and that she was really just trying to shoo it away when she crushed it with a shovel. This is different from accounts of witnesses who quoted Richardson as saying ” I killed it — I killed it dead. And I’d kill it again.”

Euclid Councilman Christopher Gruber, a neighbor, said that Richardson told him that she bashed the fawn because it was sitting in her flower bed, here.

This is believed to be footage from Richardson’s garden shortly before the attack:

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21 thoughts on “Beating Bambi: Ohio Woman Sentenced For Beating Fawn To Death With Shovel”

  1. Someone should tell this woman that God made the earth for all of us – including that helpless baby fawn. As someone whose ancestors were mistreated- you would think that she would have compassion for others including animals. I am a senior citizen and I am saddened that a woman her age hasn’t learned much if anything about life.

  2. Is it not legal to kill a rat that is on one’s private property? I don’t see any mention of prolonged suffering on the part of the fawn, is it simply that we think this animal is too cute to kill? Is it the admittedly gruesome image of a shovel being used as the weapon? I guess I’m just confused as to why this is any different than killing moles or other pests that come onto our property and cause damage.

  3. God help us all. What is the matter with our society? That poor fawn probably lost its mother and was trying to fend for itself by mistakenly thinking it had found food in that woman’s garden. This woman is just plain cruel and demented-who knows what is next-a small child? If she was so afraid of this little fawn, why didn’t she go into the house and call the police, animal warden, SPCA etc? There are many agencies that handle such problems.

    I hope the good Lord never lets her forget the cruelty she bestowed on such an innocent animal. Maybe her community service should be picking up the dead animal carcasses on the highways. Touche.

  4. God help us all. What is the matter with our society? That poor fawn probably lost its mother and was trying to fend for itself by mistakenly thinking it had found food in that woman’s garden. This woman is just plain cruel and demented-who knows what is next-a small child? If she was so afraid of this little fawn, why didn’t she go into the house and call the police, animal warden, SPCA etc? There are many agencies that handle such problems.

    I hope the good Lord never lets her forgot the cruelty she bestowed on such a innocent animal. Maybe her community service should be picking up the dead animal carcasses on the highways. Touche.

  5. Hunting is one thing. But this isn’t hunting. Bashing a baby animal’s head in is the sign of a sick, immoral waste of good carbon.

  6. “…friends who have ideas about the next planting in the garden.”

    The next planting should be deer-repelling salvia.

  7. Well Dredd,

    I suppose either would do, but in this very instance the shovel seemed to work better. Plus you have future use for the moonshine flask. You do know that moonshiners are into recycling everything. Think about it.

  8. I guess Bambi met Thumper’s human incarnation.
    I wonder what he did to piss Thumper off?

    Frigging rabbits can sure hold a grudge.

    I have deer in my yard all the time, they are a little pesky but that fawn, from what I have seen, was probably only hours old and was hiding waiting for mom to come back. That woman must be a real piece of work to kill a small utterly helpless animal like that. I only have met one other person that I know that killed a baby animal and he was a real POS.

    I say blast away and load the freezer with venison but braining a baby deer because it was in your garden? Now that has all the markings of a true psychotic. If I was the local sheriff I would be digging up her yard about now looking for human remains.

    But maybe she has some disease process that has caused the kindness centers of her brain to atrophy due to lack of blood or she has the beginning stages of senile dementia.

  9. oh great gravy.

    I meant the likely good hunting. Besides, butchering a fawn would hardly be worth the effort if they are that easy to catch. That’s a starvation tactic.

  10. 76? Were there any warning signs? Had she been watching “Reservoir Dogs” all hours of the day and night? Muttering the lyrics to “Helter Skelter” while planting begonias?

    A shovel? Really?

    I think maybe they should scan her backyard with that ground penetrating sonar.

    On the other hand, gyges does indeed point out the tasty silver lining to this otherwise horrific black cloud story.

  11. Because she was too lazy to enclosed her “preciuos” flower bed with a fence she killed an innocent animal who meant no harm. I hope someone bashes her in the head with a shovel while she’s performing community service.

  12. Hmmm, the fawns let you get close enough to hit them with a shovel? I know where I’m going hunting next year.

  13. It’s a darn-good thing that she does not play quarterback in the National Football League …

  14. Don’t sit in Dorothy Richardson flower beds. That is the moral of this story. Aesop would be amazed. But Mr Peabody knows the answers too.

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