Dead deer found at Vt.'s Santa's Land holiday park

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.



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PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) — Police reported they found more than a dozen dead fallow dead at the holiday-themed Santa's Land in southern Vermont and the owner of the park and a caretaker have been accused of animal cruelty.

Officers with the Windham County Sheriff's Department said Monday that 24-year-old caretaker Brian Deistler and 55-year-old owner Lillian Billewicz were charged with cruelty to animals.

Sheriff Keith Clark said 16 deer carcasses, as well as a dead pot-bellied pig and pheasant, were found at the park over the weekend.

Billewicz wrote on the business' Facebook page that park staff contacted a veterinarian soon after the death of the first animal and all appropriate lab work was done to rule out disease.

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