WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A fawn that a Washington Township police officer saved by performing an emergency C-section on the baby deer’s mother that was killed by a car in May has been released, the Washington Township Police Department said in a Facebook post Thursday.
On August 27, Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary released fawn #151, police said.
It was on May 20 at around 3:30 a.m., when animal control officer Robert Lagonera was called to the scene of a deceased doe that was hit and still had a moving fawn inside of her, police said.
Officer Vernon took the initiative and performed an emergency C-section on the deceased doe saving one of the two fawn inside.
Lagonera arrived and took the fawn home to dry it off and get it warm,while rubbing its chest to help the underdeveloped lungs work.
While taking car of the fawn, Lagonera was dispatched again for a loose horse on the Washington/White Twp. boarder. Officer Vernon was again on scene and they both walked it back to its paddock. After some finagling we got it back inside.
“Now I’m running around getting the premature fawn the care it needs. No amount of coffee is too much today lol,” Lagonera said.
“Thanks so much for all you do. Antler Ridge operates on donations, so go to their page to find out how to donate to this great organization, police said.