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Cops shoot deer, take pictures with it

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Anna Shelton is angry about the lack of compassion she said Sandy Springs officers showed an injured deer.

"I didn't think they were going to shoot the animal," said Shelton.

When Shelton saw a big buck limping in her neighbor's yard, she didn't know who to call to help it, so she called 911.

"I figured 911 could give me a starting point," said Shelton.

Then Shelton said she called the Department of Natural Resources, Fulton County Animal Control and an animal rescue group.

"They all basically said for everybody to get away from the buck it will eventually lay down, even with the hurt leg," said Shelton.

But that didn't happen. Shelton said officers and animal control tried to catch the deer.

Shelton said after they chased it for about an hour she heard two gunshots.

"The whole thing is just disturbing. That's not how this should have played out," said Shelton.

Sandy Springs Lieutenant Steve Rose said, "It's unfortunate that we had to do this, but to allow the animal to suffer from an injury that is as devastating as this would be inhumane."

Rose said the officer got permission from his supervisor before he shot the deer.

The homeowner called David McLeod with Georgia Wildlife Service to pick up the dead deer.

McLeod said the officers did the deer a favor by shooting it.

"In my opinion with the injury the deer had, he would have suffered a long, lingering death," said McLeod.

The 11-point buck had a broken leg.

"Yes it was hurt. Maybe it should have been put down, but I don't think that animal was given a fair chance, and then to sit there and take photos with it, 'Wow look at me and all these great horns,'" said Shelton.

Shelton took her own pictures of the officer's posing with the dead deer's head.

Rose said the officers likely took the pictures to add to their report.

"I think is uncalled for and I'm disappointed in the police in doing so," said Shelton.

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