Despite heroic efforts, newborn fawn dies

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CAVE CREEK – On Monday, July 28, while responding to a traffic accident on Cave Creek Road at the intersection of Galloway Drive involving a female mule deer, Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies Bert Rowe and Darrin Spindler found a newborn fawn laying on the road next to its deceased mother.

It appeared as though the doe went into labor as a result of the impact with the vehicle.
Rowe attempted to clear the fawn’s airway with his fingers while he and Spindler placed the fawn on a blanket in a cardboard box.

Rowe then rushed the newborn to Animal Health Services where it was treated by Dr. Elizabeth Drummond, Office Manager Rob Graham and ICU technician Adrimar Reyes until Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation arrived to pick it up.

However, despite everyone’s efforts to save the fawn’s life, when District IV Patrol Supervisor Sgt. Michael Reese contacted Southwest Wildlife on Tuesday afternoon, he learned the fawn passed away at around noon that day.

Reese commended Rowe and Spindler for their kind and humanitarian efforts and said their efforts shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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